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Quick Strikes for Sunday, May 29

More World Cup roster reporting, Stanley Cup musings and the pending future... Ya know, off season stuff.

"I definitely want to stay," --Jonathan Drouin
"I definitely want to stay," --Jonathan Drouin
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  • As was alluded to in yesterday's write-up, television ratings for game 7 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals were reported as seriously down. [Sports Media Watch]
  • Erik Erlendsson, writing over on Lightning Shout, acknowledges the walrus that has entered the room: The Lightning and the NHL salary cap. [Lightning Shout]
  • Forward Jonathan Drouin "definitely" wants to be back for next season in Tampa Bay. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Speaking of Drouin, he's been added to one of the World Cup teams that will play later this summer. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Ah, musing about Steven Stamkos and his destination (if somewhere other than rejoining the Lightning). The twist: how will that affect the Carolina Hurricanes? [Canes & Coffee]
  • So.... San Jose Sharks versus Pittsburgh Penguins.... There have got to be some questions out there that the fans have for each other. Ah, here you go! The Sharks posing the Penguins five Qs. [Fear the Fin]
  • What punditry and writers are predicting for the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. Well, at least what one of the team blogs involved in the Finals reports is being said? [Pensburgh]
  • A roster return may very well happen for the San Jose Sharks when things matter the most... [Fear the Fin]
  • Does it seem odd to anyone else that P.K. Subban won't be on Team Canada's roster for the World Cup tournament? [The Color of Hockey]
  • Tyson Barrie is on the trade market and he's one of the names most shopped around in speculation (after Mister Steven Stamkos that is). The drawback of Barrie? Weak advanced stats. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Toronto Marlies shut down and shut out the Hershey Bears pretty solidly with William Nylander leading the charge. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Stockton Heat of the AHL is loaded at forward with former 1st round NHL draft picks. [Calgary Flames from 80 Feet Above]
  • The 2016 NHL Entry Draft is getting closer now, and with Tampa Bay and the St. Louis Blues now idled, a grander mock draft has been put together... [NESN]
  • Speaking of the draft, perhaps it's timely to point out award winners from the CHL (Canadian Juniors) for the 2015-16 season. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Relevant for the NHL in general and potential markets via expansion, Commissioner Gary Bettman's next State of the League address is slated for Monday. [The Sin Bin]