If you weren't already excited for Scott Hartnell officially earning an invite to this weekend's All-Star Game in Ottawa, his reaction to hearing the news and sharing it with linemate Claude Giroux will make you all warm and fuzzy.
"I gave (Giroux) a big hug last night," Hartnell said. "He's a big part
of me being selected, me having a great year so far. We have a lot of
chemistry, a lot of good times on and off the ice. I'm pretty fortunate
(to play with him). And to see Kimmo go, 36 years old, his fourth or
fifth All-Star Game, to see him get recognized for his hard work, all
the shots he blocks, all his passes."
Hartnell also said his dad will be sticking around a little bit longer
now to make the trip to Ottawa. Hartnell said his mom will join them in
Ottawa, as will a brother who lives in the city and works for the
Canadian government, as well as another brother, who will fly in from
"He (his father) is extending his trip a few more days to come out to
Ottawa," Hartnell said. "Hopefully he can keep this wave of luck going
tonight in Florida."
Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.
After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" -- to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."
"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."
He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...
"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."
If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is.
Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday.
Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner.
Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL.
Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday.
Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return.
"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."
In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.