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Quick Strikes for Friday, July 3

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Thoughts on Martin St. Louis' retirement, Slava Voynov, and more from around the NHL.

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  • Pierre LeBrun sent out text messages to Steven Stamkos, Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier, and Brad Richards after Martin St. Louis announced his retirement yesterday. All were immediately returned with effusive praise. [ESPN]
  • Powerful stuff from Helene Elliot. "That he's [Voynov] a top-four defenseman isn't reason enough to keep him. It's irrelevant. He doesn't deserve to wear their uniform and they shouldn't grant him that privilege." [LA Times]
  • Our friends at Jewels from the Crown are keeping this post on Voynov updated, for those interested in following the proceedings. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • The St. Louis Blues traded forward TJ Oshie to the Washington Capitals in a multi-player deal, getting Troy Brouwer back from the Caps. [St. Louis Gametime]
  • The NHL and KHL have still yet to reach a new player transfer agreement. They will, however, continue to honor each others' contracts. [Sportsnet]
  • Keith Olbermann takes aim at Toronto journalist Steve Simmons for his rants on Phil Kessel. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Paul Martin's farewell to the fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins. [The Player's Tribune]
  • Is Kyle Quincey the odd man out for the Detroit Red Wings with Mike Green in the fold? [Winging it in Motown]
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