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Quick Strikes for Friday, August 19th

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Read a fun piece by one of the NHL’s smallest players, let Carey Price help you improve your glove hand, and more in this morning’s links.

New York Islanders v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Five Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

The League

  • Believe it or not, Nathan Gerbe is even smaller than Tyler Johnson. He wrote about his path to the NHL for the Player’s Tribune. [Player’s Tribune]
  • Roberto Luongo isn’t just getting older. He’s also getting better. [TSN]
  • Mile High Hockey images what life will be like in Colorado after Patrick Roy. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Penguins will need to continue to be creative if they want to avoid salary cap problems. [Pensburgh]
  • Pavel Zacha, the New Jersey Devils’ 6th overall pick in 2015, looks ready to join the big club this year. [All About the Jersey]
  • Jiri Hudler is one an interesting name who remains available on the free agent market as a depth forward. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Conflicting reports out of Russia question whether Vladimir Sobotka will return to the St. Louis Blues this season. [St. Louis Gametime]
  • Las Vegas has added former NHLer Murray Craven to its front office team. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Bauer, which is one of the most popular brands of hockey gear is under investigation for fraud. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • Gordie Howe’s ashes will reside in a statue to the hockey legent in Saskatoon. [CKOM]
  • Not to be outdone by the Rangers, the Islanders are bringing out their own celebs in a campaign to attract Jimmy Vesey. [NY Isles Blog]
  • Watch Carey Price teach a goaltending drill to improve glove positioning and reactions. [InGoal Mag]
  • Jack Han shares the fundamentals of hockey analytics. [Hockey Graphs]
  • Johnny Gaudreau compares favorably to some of the NHL’s top scorers. [NHL Numbers]

The Sport

  • The KHL has banned Damir Ryspayev for life after his gutless assault on the entire Kunlun Red Star team during a pre-season game earlier this month. [Today’s Slapshot]