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Quick Strikes for Friday, August 25th

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A deep dive into the Lightning series against the Isles, the Avalanche hire a new coach, the Panthers and Coyotes make an interesting trade and more in this morning’s reads.

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

The Bolts

  • Cory Sznajder continues his deep dive into each playoff series with a look at the Lightning vs. Isles series. If you enjoy systems analysis, this is some of the best hockey work available publicly. [The Energy Line]

The League

  • The Avalanche hired Jared Bednar, last year’s Calder Cup winning head coach, to take over for Patrick Roy. [Mile High Hockey]
  • The Panthers used prospect Lawson Crouse as bait to get the Coyotes to take Dave Bolland’s contract. Florida also acquired two picks in the deal. [Litter Box Cats]
  • The Rangers signed bargain forward Brandon Pirri to one year deal. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Injuries to some of Detroit’s players could open the door to younger players ready to show they deserve more minutes. [Wingin’ it in Motown]
  • Colorado signed forward Rene Borque to a PTO. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • The Blues announced that Alex Pietrangelo will be their captain for 2016-2017. [St. Louis Gametime]
  • Adam Gretz looks at Joe Pavelski’s emergence as an elite goal scorer. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Franklin Steele writes about what to expect from the Blues in the upcoming season. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Las Vegas hired former Florida Panther’s exec Scott Luce as Director of Amateur scouting. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • The Canadiens promoted Eric Crawford to Director of Pro Scouting. [Eyes on the Prize]

The Game

  • Jonathan Toews will be one of the alternate captains for Team Canada in the World Cup. [Second City Hockey]
  • Shea Weber will serve as the other alternate captain. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Pavel Datsyuk scored his first goal of the KHL season. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Garret Hohl and Mike Fail collaborated to create a graphic that helps illustrate how statistics are used to evaluate teams and players. [Hockey Graphs]
  • Arizona skating coach Dawn Braid is the first woman to be a full-time assistant coach in the NHL. HappyCaraT shares some thoughts on the barriers to entry for women in professional coaching. [Arctic Ice Hockey]