Quick Strikes: Victor Hedman nearing return

He took part in his first full practice since being out sick.

Practice notes from beat reporter Joe Smith: Victor Hedman participates in his first full practice. Triplets are back together. Jason Garrison had a “body maintenance day.”

Speaking of Hedman, he’s living in style. $3.95 million worth of it. [Tampa Bay Times]

Offensive dry spell is taking a toll on the team. [Tampa Bay Times]

Meet Jim O’Connell, who you might be hearing a lot of/from soon. He’s a Tampa native who graduated from Wake Forest University, had a White House job and is a Rhodes Scholar. Along the way, he connected with Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and now O’Connell is returning home to serve as CEO of the Vinik Family Foundation. [Tampa Bay Times]

The League

Marcus Johansson’s father shows off his sweet dance moves, and Barry Trotz even joins in on the fun.

Robin Lehner has received fierce backlash over his Trump mask that he wore for warmups. He tries to explain. “Tries” being the key word. [Buffalo News]

John Scott’s retirement consists of being a dad to his four daughters. He definitely doesn’t get recognized in Northern Michigan. [ESPN]

Predators rookie 5-foot-11 goaltender is learning from the 6-foot-5 Pekka Rinne. [NHL.com]

Connor McDavid wears many hats here. Literally. McDavid talks his speed, Drake wearing his jersey and more.

Brooklyn, we have another problem... [Lighthouse Hockey]

As more teams get rid of the morning skate, the Ducks and Kings are hanging onto them. [Los Angeles Times]

Why Corey Crawford deserves to be in the Vezina Trophy talks. [FanRag Sports]