NHL Daily Fix: Hartnell cleared to practice; great Harlem Shake
The NHL Daily Fix is your morning wakeup call, with news and notes for the day's hockey action. Here's what's going on Thursday: Scott Hartnell cleared to practice, more Alex Ovechkin criticism and a unique NHL Harlem Shake.
The NHL Daily Fix is your morning wakeup call, with news and notes for the day's hockey action.
• We have steadfastly avoided the Harlem Shake here at Eye on Hockey (you're welcome) but the one above was too good to pass up.
You probably saw the goal Wednesday night, which my colleague Adam Gretz described as "the hockey equivalent to the circus jamming 50 clowns into a tiny car." It might have been made even better by being set to the Harlem Shake meme.
• In light of another horribly missed call -- Matt Duchene being offside against the Predators on a goal -- the coach's challenge debate is rising again. (CBC)
• The Lindy Ruff era came to a startling end Wednesday when the Buffalo coach was fired after almost 16 years. Team owner Terry Pegula was not present for the news conference but did issue this statement:
"The hockey world knows how I and the entire Buffalo Sabres organization feel about Lindy Ruff not only as a coach but also as a person. His long tenure with the Sabres has ended. His qualities have made this decision very difficult. I personally want Lindy to know that he can consider me a friend always."
Florida at Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET)
Winnipeg at Carolina (7 p.m. ET)
New Jersey at Washington (7 p.m. ET)
Buffalo at Toronto (7 p.m. ET)
Boston at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. ET)
N.Y. Islanders at Montreal (7:30 p.m. ET)
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa (7:30 p.m. ET)
Columbus at Detroit (7:30 p.m. ET)
Vancouver at Dallas (8:30 p.m. ET)
Minnesota at Edmonton (9:30 p.m. ET)
Chicago will make the Harvard standout's shortlist, per his agent
Lucic signs with Oilers, Okposo goes to Buffalo, Bruins land Backes
The NHL's partnership with MLBAM has produced another unique opportunity
Connor McDavid, P.K. Subban and Auston Matthews among players you won't see a whole lot
Kane faces one count of criminal trespass and four counts of non-criminal harassment
When passing the Stanley Cup around a party, don't leave out Granny Kessel