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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 31

The 2016 Stanley CUp Final started last night, but in general just a few reads from Memorial Day to start your Tuesday....

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  • Lyle Richardson, he of Spector's Hockey fame, wrote an article for the Hockey News regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning's road ahead, touching on changes forthcoming. [The Hockey News]
  • In his annual state of the league address a few hours before the start of the Stanley Cup Finals, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced June 22nd is the slated day for an official announcement on the league expanding. [The Sin Bin]
  • And to twist the Stanley Cup Finals and the rising expansion talk... Just who from the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins could end up playing for a Las Vegas hockey team? [The Sin Bin]
  • Speaking of the Sharks and the Stanley Cup Finals -€” a feature look at Martin Jones evolution. [InGoal Magazine]
  • And while we're on the subject of San Jose, a little reflection by a Fear the Fin writer on his frustration with the Sharks organization form 2 years ago. That's putting it nicely. [Fear the Fin]
  • Another aspect to Bettman's state of the league speech is his downplay of the sale of the Pittsburg Penguins; there's no urgency... I wouldn't think a pro-Pitt spin during coverage of the playoffs hurt team value though. Jus' sayin'... [Today's Slapshot]
  • Factoid: A generalization of population within a 25 mile radius of every NHL arena. [Reddit]
  • A $160 million overhaul of Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis is on the table. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]