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]
Marcus Johansson’s father shows off his sweet dance moves, and Barry Trotz even joins in on the fun.
A win on the #CapsDads trip always leads to a dance w/ Lars Johansson... Last night in STL, Coach Trotz joined in on the fun. #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/Ma9J6ZD0Tr— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 20, 2017
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]