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Quick Strikes for Sunday, July 19

Steven Stamkos at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Great. (In a Rays hat though.)

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  • Steven Stamkos, at home in Toronto for the summer, attended the Toronto Blue Jats vs. Tampa Bay Rays game on Saturday, supporting the Rays. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Fortunately, we were mostly spared any Stamkos-to-Toronto-because-he's-watching-the-Jays hot takes. This one is lukewarm at best. [CBC]'
  • The Chicago Blackhawks say the Anaheim Ducks were their toughest opponent faced en route to winning the Stanley Cup ... [theScore]
  • ...which is funny because that's not what they said in June. [USA Today]
  • Time is running out to submit nominations for the Best of the Bay. Show your support for the Tampa Bay Lightning (and maybe us, too?). [CL Tampa]
  • Who would the Colorado Avalanche protect in a potential future NHL expansion draft? That's a topic all the teams around the league might need to start considering. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The New York Islanders have had a quiet offseason. That's a good thing, though. Good teams usually have quiet offseasons. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Hayley Wickenheiser heading to the CWHL is a big, big deal for women's hockey. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • Some interesting notes to consider about the AHL's unbalanced schedule, like the difference in pay for California teams and the games played veteran threshold. [Tend the Farm]