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Quick Strikes for Thursday, July 21

Brad Richards retires, Kyle Palmieri replaces Ryan Callahan on the USA World Cup roster, Kris Letang has some issues with pool trespassers and more in this morning's reads.

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  • Former Lightning forward and Stanley Cup Winner Brad Richards announced his retirement. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Cory Conacher is excited to be back with the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • The Capitals signed Marcus Johansson to a three year deal at an AAV of just over $4.5M per year. [Jaspers' Rink]
  • The Avalanche re-signed Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year deal at $1.3M. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Rangers and Chris Kreider are about $1.5M apart in salary arbitration. [Blue Shirt Banter]
  • The Leafs continue their somewhat unusual approach to the offseason by playing hardball in negotiations with first overall pick Auston Matthews. [The Star]
  • USA Hockey announced that New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri will replace Ryan Callahan in the upcoming World Cup. [All About the Jersey]
  • Sean McIndoe looks at five expected offseason transactions that haven't happened yet. [The Hockey News]
  • Check out this really cool breakdown of Brandon Saad's season by AlisonL at Buckeye State Hockey. [Buckeye State Hockey]
  • The Avalanche announced an ECHL affiliation agreement with the Colorado Eagles. [Mile High Hockey]
  • If the over 25 year old Red Wings played the under 25 year old Red Wings, who would win? [Wingin' it in Motown]
  • Kris Letang found a bunch of dudes trespassing in his pool and his main complaint was that they didn't have their phones to catch Poekmon. [Pensburgh]
  • Defending Big D has some ideas for how Stars fans can pass the time this summer. [Defending Big D]
  • Scott Cullen reports from the Toronto Hockey Coaches' Conference. [TSN]
  • Voting for Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay starts today. [Creative Loafing]