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Quick Strikes for Friday, July 8th

Stars fans aren't as excited about acquiring Ben Bishop as you might think, the Lightning are building on a solid foundation of young stars, more free agents are off the market, and more in this morning's reads.

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  • Erik Erlendsson looks toward the future and the young core that the Lightning are building. [Lightning Shout]
  • The folks over at Defending Big D don't wouldn't want to give up any valuable assets in a trade for Ben Bishop. [Defending Big D]
  • Get to know new Syracuse Crunch coach Benoit Groulx a little bit better. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Kyle Palmieri signs a new 5 year $23.25MM contract to remain in New Jersey. [All About the Jersey]
  • Vancouver signed goaltender Jaco Markstrom to a three year $11MM extension. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Mathieu Perreault signed a four year extension in Winnipeg. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The Calgary Flames signed their sixth overall pick, Matthew Tkachuk to his entry level contract. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Red Wings chose to enter arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek [InGoal Magazine]
  • The NWHL will open its season with a three game weekend in Buffalo. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Detroit Red Wings might have to trade either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar in order to acquire defensive help. But which one should the deal? [Wingin' it in Motown]
  • Is is possible that trading Shea Weber could somehow improve the Nashville power play? [On the Forecheck]
  • The Florida Panthers got weird this offseason [Vice Sports]
  • Adam Gretz tackles the idea of the word "elite" and how it skews the conversation in evaluating players. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Learn what it took for Emmanuel Perry to create Corsica.Hockey, which is one of the best sources for hockey statistics. [Vice Sports]
  • If you like analytics, Alex Novet has been doing some really cool work on neutral zone play over at Hockey Graphs. [Hockey-Graphs]