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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, July 29

Transactions abound out of Pittsburgh, more realignment talk, and 2018 chatter begins.

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  • Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman spoke to Swedish newspaper Expressen and stated how he wants to win a Stanley Cup. In a related story, I'd very much like to be able to understand Swedish. Or find an accurate translation of this article. [Expressen]
  • Kyle mentioned it yesterday but here's a more newsie piece on the Channelside Drive shutdown. Bolts fans that plan on attending preseason games may want to keep it in mind. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Travis Yost asks if the New Jersey Devils draft record is a reflection on their former GM and new Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello... Well, it sure wasn't a reflection on Martin Brodeur. [TSN]
  • The Vancouver Canucks obtained Brandon Sutter and a 3rd round draft choice for Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening and a 2nd round pick. [Canucks Army]
  • Also regarding the Penguins, the club signed former Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr to a three year deal. [CBC]
  • Those two transactions, as well as other deals this summer (hello, Phil Kessel) illustrate GM Jim Rutherford's retooling of the Penguins. [Pensburgh]
  • On Erik Fehr's signing in Pittsburgh: "Fehr was beloved in Washington, the Capitals' first-round draft pick in 2003, and seeing him leave for Pittsburgh feels sort of like watching Luke Skywalker buy a condo on the Death Star." Most impressive. The Force is strong with this one... [Puck Buddys]
  • I wasn't the only writer out there who touched on the subject of realignment and the NHL in recent days. Someone was a little more radical in retooling the league.[Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • The International Ice Hockey Federation, National Hockey League and NHL Players Association have begun discussions regarding participation in the 2018 winter Olympics. [CTV News Ottawa]
  • Randy Cunneyworth, who was deposed as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, will be the new head coach of the Rochester Americans in the AHL. [Die by the Blade]
  • More salary and money-due issues in the news for the Kontinental Hockey League. Mark Dekanich, a Canadian goalie playing over there, speaks up about things. [Hockey VIPs]
  • A confession of a personal history with post-concussion syndrome by site manager Scott Wheeler leads into an extended discussion on the mental health effects of concussions. It may be the last link listed on these Quick Strikes, but it has a weight felt broadly through this sport. [Pension Plan Puppets]