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Quick Strikes for Saturday, July 4

Awards, transactions, and interviews. Happy Independence Day!

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  • Sweden has bestowed its Golden Puck Award for the country's best player on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. From the (translated) article, it's the first time an NHL player has been bestowed the award. Congratulations, Victor! [ Translated]
  • We don't have anything from Development Camp at the Ice Sports Forum. We'll try to make up for that here and link over to a photo album from Day 3 of the event. [Lightning Shout!]
  • Thursday was Day 3; Day 4 was Friday with a 3-on-3 tournament. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Another Lightning fan reflects on the retirement of Martin St. Louis with the same mixed emotions that have been displayed by Bolts fans elsewhere. [Roar of Thunder]
  • The Lightning drafted Finnish 17-year-old RW Jonne Tammela last week at the 2015 NHL draft in the 4th round. He was selected by the Peterborough Petes in this week's OHL import draft. Now the challenge and hope is to lure him out of Finland to play in North America for the Petes. [The Peterborough Examiner]
  • Matt Taormina, signed by the Lightning on Wednesday, didn't expect anyone to be calling on Day 1 of free agency... Let alone the Bolts. []
  • Former Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio took part in the Road to Glory podcast, talking about his time in Tampa as well as the retirement of Martin St. Louis. Podcast hosts also review Les Habitants de Montreal's free agency deals in general. [Montreal Hockey Talk]
  • Speaking of former Lightning players signing elsewhere... Anyone remember Blair Jones? He's joined the Vancouver Canucks.[Nucks Misconduct]
  • Blair Jones isn't a big name signing from yesterday... Perhaps it'd be fitting if we shared a signing of a player with a bigger (not at the NHL level yet) reputation? Connor McDavid, 2015 NHL Draft
    #1 selection, inked his entry-level deal with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. [CBS Sports]
  • And just call him Connor McDeity. [
  • The Detroit Red Wings brought in two huge names in Brad Richards (another former Bolt... I wasn't done with that stuff...) and defenseman Mike Green. While they can be seen as solid additions, it's also a bit unsettling. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The Dallas Stars have a lot invested in the tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi. How do the goalies compare to each other? [Defending Big D]