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Quick Strikes for Monday, June 27

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Rumors, rumors and...more rumors! Plus, some analysis of the 2016 NHL Draft. Your Monday morning Quick Strikes are all right here.

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  • After picking up some young talent in this past weekend's NHL Draft, there are still lots of question marks for the Tampa Bay Lightning regarding current key pieces of the roster. Check out the latest from Erik Erlendsson here. [HockeyBuzz]
  • The NHL Draft is all about prospects, rather than immediate help. For some analysis on the prospects that the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up, we turn to Bolt Prospects. [Bolt Prospects]
  • At this point, it seems almost certain that Steven Stamkos will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. With that, there are several teams around the league that are reportedly planning to throw big money his way. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have said they will keep goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to start the season. But GM Jim Rutherford certainly left the door open for a trade at some point during the 2016-17 campaign. And no, Evgeni Malkin is not getting traded. [CBS Sports]
  • The 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees will be announced today. Will 2004 Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk finally be selected? [Hockey Hall of Fame]
  • Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin decided to have a little fun on the water during his summer vacation. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The Detroit Red Wings were reportedly approached by the St. Louis Blues regarding a trade involving defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. The Blues' asking price? Wings rookie Dylan Larkin, who put up some impressive numbers this season. Needless to say, that trade didn't happen. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The Minnesota Wild, after a pretty uneventful 2016 Draft, are still looking to make some changes going forward into the 2016-17 season. And could Ryan Nugent-Hopkins make a break from the Edmonton Oilers? [Minnesota Star Tribune]
  • The Vancouver Canucks are looking to make some changes as well, with the intention of buying out the contract of forward Chris Higgins. Alex Burrows, however, will remain with the team next season. [Today's Slapshot]