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Quick Strikes for Saturday, July 25

Reactions to the departure of Tod Leiweke in Tampa as well as some notable signings and off-ice news elsewhere in the NHL.

Lightning organization members and fans react to the departure of team CEO Tod Leiweke.
Lightning organization members and fans react to the departure of team CEO Tod Leiweke.
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  • Tampa Bay Lightning team owner Jeff Vinik spoke to the press Friday afternoon after it was announced team CEO Tod Leiweke was departing the club to become COO of the NFL. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Here's a rundown of some of the reactions on Twitter to the news of Leiweke's departure from the Lightning. [Bolts by the Bay]
  • How about a little more information on Steve Griggs, new franchise CEO? Expect feature coverage in the coming days out there in media-land, but for right now you'll have to settle for an Associate Press report [USA Today]
  • The NHL Fan Misery Index by way of Allan Muir! Who has the saddest sad face? Well, at the moment it's sort of predictable, as is the clubs who are singing Happy-Happy, Joy-Joy (hint, the Bolts are one of them). [Sports Illustrated]
  • The Washington Capitals and goalie Braden Holtby have avoided the arbitration ruling and have agreed to a new five-year contract for the netminder. [Japer's Rink]
  • A big arbitration settlement has been settled and north of the border, a big name free-agent finally gets a home. Alexander Semin signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens Friday. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • How do the Carolina Hurricanes faithful react to this news? [Canes Country]
  • The drama has abated, for the moment, between the city of Glendale and the Arizona Coyotes franchise. Peace has been achieved -- for the moment. The story, the drama, ain't over. [Five for Howling]
  • So, Las Vegas and Quebec City and Expansion bids... The plan in Quebec City has been to re-invoke the name Quebec Nordiques for a franchise. For Vegas? They're putting it up to season ticket holders to decide. [Fox 5 Las Vegas]
  • The rules, they are a-changing for the AHL this season. The PPP Show Podcast talks about them in their mid-summer discussion. [Power Play Post Show]
  • I don't doubt Tampa Bay having an aging number of hockey players out there; the Bay area is a major market for retirees and what have you. Well, if you're aging and love the game and want an excuse to take it up again - check out 94 year-old Mark Sertich of Duluth, Minnesota who still plays the game. [KARE.com]