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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, August 16

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Free agent news, a great feature on modern-day hockey sweater history, and the last day to vote in a Tampa Bay survey/poll.

The "C of Red" is one of the highlights of modern hockey sweater usage.
The "C of Red" is one of the highlights of modern hockey sweater usage.
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The Bolts

  • Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman gets ranked high among a list of the top 20 NHL defensemen. [NHL Network]
  • Voting ends today in the 2016 Creative Loafing "Best of the Bay" awards. While there are a plethora of topics for Bay area residents, the Lightning (and those with ties to the Lightning) are mentioned here (with links to the ballot too). [Raw Charge]

The NHL

  • It's politics but it does touch on a very persistent and troubling aspect of the game and the NHL: Concussions. A US Senator went after the NNL in a letter regarding the common brain injury and how the league handles the situation. [TSN]
  • Radim Vrbata agreed to terms with the Arizona Coyotes. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The other big signing from Monday was Antoine Vermette signing a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. [Puck Prose]
  • It's news. It's breaking news at that... not that it matters much (except in NHL participation in the months to come) but Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is back in the US... [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Hockey sweaters/jerseys have existed through the history of the sport, but this feature article shows how some of the most prominent aspects and anecdotes have played out in much more recent times. [Last Word on Sports]
  • Speaking of history: Ranking the top 10 trades by Les Habitants de Montreal since 1993. [Habs Forum]

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