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Quick Strikes for Thursday, May 5th

Big hits, draft announcements, company buyouts and more in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • The media was in disarray after Brian Boyle's hit on Thomas Hickey. Was it a big hit? Yes. Suspension worthy? Definitely not. Islanders Head Coach Nick Capuano disagrees. [Syracuse News]
  • This hit on Jonathan Druin came after Hickey laid a huge one on Jonathan Drouin. Arguments could be made for Hickey to get suspended. With the suspensions being handed out in the Pens/Caps series one would think Hickey and Boyle would have gotten similar nods. Thankfully not. [Puck Daddy]
  • And that brings us full circle as neither of them will receive suspensions. [NBC Sports]
  • The Tampa Bay area was shook after the Tampa Bay Times bought the Tampa Tribune. This means fan favorite beat writer Erik Erlendsson will no longer be writing for the Bolts. [USA Today]
  • The Arizona Coyotes have hired 26 year old John Chayka as their new general manager. [Howlin Hockey]
  • Meanwhile the Florida Panthers sign 23 year old Linus Hultström, a leading SHL defenseman. [Litter Box Cats]
  • The Portland Pirates will be moving to Springfield, Mass. Here's a short summary of the move. [Mass Live]
  • If you haven't already go ahead, come on over and say "Hello!"  and introduce yourself to the Raw Charge community. [Raw Charge]
  • Now we know who to blame if we don't agree with the NHL Awards! A look at what goes into the decision making. [The Star]
  • And in case you wondered, here's the list of all the finalists and updates on the awards. [SB Nation]
  • Our old friend Vinny Lecavalier is nominated for the Masterton Trophy. [Jewels From The Crown]
  • The Ducks fire Head Coach Bruce Boudreau who brought them to numerous division titles and playoff appearances. [Los Angeles Times]
  • The Calgary Flames say  goodbye to HC Bob Hartley. [Sports Illustrated]
  • And lastly the NHL draft order. Toronto gets 1st pick. [CBS Sports]