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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, February 23rd

Links, news, and some humor from around the hockey world to enjoy with your cup of coffee.

Scott Thomas
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning swapped minor league defensemen yesterday, sending Slater Koekkoek back to the Syracuse Crunch in exchange for Matt Taormina:
  • Lightning prospects Joel Vermin and Matthew Peca may play this weekend with the Crunch:
  • The Crunch's tumultuous times see them yo-yo'ing in the Power Rankings. [Chirps From Center Ice]
  • The AHL's Playoff Primer for 2016 is up. [American Hockey League]
  • Inconsistencies abound with the Chicago Blackhawks. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Hunter Shinkaruk was dealt to the Calgary Flames yesterday for Markus Granlund. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Florida Panthers won't be relocating to Vegas anytime soon. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
  • The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling yesterday from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Raffi Torres and second round picks in the 2017 and 2018 drafts. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The New York Islanders might be eyeing an escape clause to get the team out of Brooklyn. [New York Post]
  • It's amazing what good can be accomplished when you add a little ice. [Japers' Rink]
  • If Vancouver was to deal goalie Ryan Miller, where might he end up? [Canucks Army]
  • Opinion: High-scoring hockey is gone forever. [Covers]
  • In case you missed it, there was an incredible stick save made the other night by St. John's. [Imgur]
  • The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have signed forward Dalton Smith to a professional try-out contract. Smith played with Syracuse last season. [Lehigh Valley Phantoms]
  • The captain of St Petersburg has been released by the team:
  • Projecting World Cup Rosters: USA’s Defense & Goalies. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Development is suffering as Flint drama goes on. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Air guitar? Air guitar. [NBC Sports]
  • The struggle is real. [Puck Daddy]
  • Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet did an AMA on the trade deadline. [Reddit]
  • Reminder, though in a humorous way: the NHL's Silly Season is right around the corner! Watch out for rumor mongers and fake social media accounts. [Raw Charge]

Allokago's coffee recommendation: Fool's Chocolate Espresso

Hail Caesar on the making of this wonderfully flavored bean. Italian roasted, super oily, richly dark beans lathered in chocolate. Only the most discerning citizens of old Rome were permitted to sip the sophistication of this honorable flavor.

[Coffee Fool]