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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, July 8

The winds of change in the SB Nation hockey blogosphere as big names step aside in the tlantic Division. Some othe rnotes on NHL expansion and signings around the league.

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  • You probably already saw the disappointing news yesterday but in case you missed it, site co-founder Cassie McClellan has stepped aside here... [Raw Charge]
  • ...While Sarah Connors, who has managed SB Nation's Boston Bruins Blog Stanley Cup of Chowder since 2011, officially stepped down as site manager... [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • ...and you can't expect the Habs to stay out of the fray in the Atlantic Division on SB Nation. No, no... Andrew Berkshire is done as site manager for Le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • What's the current status of the Lightning roster? I'm glad you asked! Let's check out the 2015 Lined-Up Update! [Raw Charge]
  • Commercial Interruption: Eat at Joe's. [Gameday Depot]
  • A bid for an NHL expansion team from Kansas City (which has had an NHL-ready arena available for the past eight years) is not expected. [Kansas City Star]
  • The Minnesota Wild had issues in net last season, it was what enabled Devan Dubynk to come in and be a savior. Evidence of goalie issues starts with the elbow injury to Niklas Backstorm, who lost use of his hand because of the extent of the nerve damage. [Sportsnet]
  • The hometown boy makes good narrative is normal in pro sports and certainly with hockey. The Columbus Blue Jackets set the stage for that narrative with the entry-level contract signing of forward Kole Sherwood. [Columbus Post-Dispatch]
  • The Sherwood signing sure as heck isn't the big one from yesterday: Vladimir Tarsenko has inked an eight-year deal with the St. Louis Blues. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • ...and his $7.5 million AAV puts him among some really nice company among NHL stars. [St. Louis Game Time]
  • Marketing is not the sexiest topic when it comes to the NHL in the United States. Neither is "Non-traditional market". It's the first part of a series on the NHL's growth problem in the US. [Two Bearded Ladies]
  • Let's throw a little humor at the trades of Phil Kessel, Dougie Hamilton and T.J. Oshie, shall we? [Lighthouse Hockey]