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Quick Strikes for Friday, February 19th

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Links, hockey news, coffee recommendations, and more for Friday, February 19th

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  • Is Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman on the verge of defining his franchise? [Lightning Shout]
  • Steven Stamkos prefers center over wing, but how do positions differ? [The Tampa Tribune]
  • Stamkos is relieved that any trade talk distraction has been lifted. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Syracuse Crunch's front office went on a trip and ended up in the living room of Slater Koekkoek's family (while Koekkoek himself was in Tampa). [Sporting News]
  • Nothing is going right for the Crunch right now. []
  • Change for Change is an initiative created by Crunch captain Mike Angelidis and his teammates that aims to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and help improve the odds for children with cancer. It was inspired by a boy named Griffin Engle. The fundraising initiative raised over $6,000 in its inaugural campaign during the 2014-15 season. [Go Fund Me]
  • Crunch front office member Todd Cross is walking in the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk on April 2nd at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. [American Heart Association]
  • Alex Ovechkin's mother Tatyana Ovechkina has been checked into the hospital with pneumonia. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The Vancouver Canucks have some great rentals they'd like to shop. [Canucks' Army]
  • Defenseman Justin Schultz does not currently possess a good reputation around the league, but should he be shopped anyway? [The Sports Daily]
  • Goalie Mike Smith is to travel with the Arizona Coyotes. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Former NHL goalie Corey Hirsch explains how goaltending equipment get smaller yet "remain safe" for the players. [Facebook - SportsNet]
  • AHL All-Star and current Portland Pirates goalie Mike McKenna had this to say in response:
  • The OHL has sanctioned the Flint Firebirds. [Today's Slapshot]
Allokago's coffee recommendation: Fool's Buttered Rum
Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of buttered rum. You have to be bold and daring to take a swig of this brew. A rich flavor that will certainly inspire you to reach for an eyepatch while stealing 15 minutes of freedom behind a cup of this treasured coffee.