Players dropping like flies all over the league today; growing calls from many of them to pause the season until after Christmas. Have to think NHL participation in the Olympics is on very thin ice now, excuse the pun.
Go Canucks Go
Posted 17 December 2021 - 07:47 AM
The league said a makeup date for the game hasn't been finalized. The Canadiens play again Monday at the New York Islanders. There was no word from the league on the Bruins' game Sunday at Ottawa.
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Posted 17 December 2021 - 11:23 AM
Assistant coach Dave Lowry will take over duties on an interim basis. Winnipeg is 13-10-5 this season.
Maurice told reporters Friday morning it was his decision to step down.
"This is a good team, I'm a good coach ... But sometimes you can only push so far," Maurice said, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. "Sometimes a team needs a new voice. They haven't quit on me but need a different voice. It's the right time for it, and I know that."
"I love these guys. I love this place. I know that it's time, and that's a good thing for the Jets. It's also a really, really good thing for me," Maurice added, according to NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika.
Maurice signed a three-year extension in 2020 worth $3 million per season, according to CapFriendly.
Dave Lowry used to be the Victoria Royals coach.
Why would a guy at 13-10 quit? Odd.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 17 December 2021 - 11:31 AM.
Posted 17 December 2021 - 02:09 PM
A decision on when each team's training facilities will re-open will be made by the League and the NHLPA in the coming days. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising all three teams' regular-season schedules.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 17 December 2021 - 02:09 PM.
Posted 18 December 2021 - 11:25 AM
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman confirms the Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game on Dec. 18 has been postponed. Five Canucks players have been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, including defenceman Tyler Myers just today. Vancouver is in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
Posted 18 December 2021 - 11:27 AM
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Posted 18 December 2021 - 01:50 PM
I can’t believe what a difference this new coach has made.
"Attitude". Travis Green used to prowl around the bench looking like someone stole his dog - either that or he hadn't taken a poop in a month. He always looked miserable and I can only imagine what he was like if a player made a mistake or didn't do something exactly the way Green wanted it to be done.
Boudreau OTOH is very experienced as a coach (which Green was not when he was hired, and it showed), outgoing, funny, great in front of the media - which Green was most assuredly not - and if you watch BB run a practice on the ice with the players he's always joking with them, teaching them, but in a relaxed confident manner. Green always looked like he was about to snap....
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Posted 18 December 2021 - 02:03 PM
The NHL has postponed two games each for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise throughout the league.
A matchup between the Canucks and Leafs scheduled for Saturday, and Sunday games between the Canucks and Arizona Coyotes and the Leafs and Seattle Kraken have been pushed back indefinitely.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 18 December 2021 - 02:03 PM.
Posted 18 December 2021 - 02:31 PM
2. In the headline, I call this “lockdown pain” as opposed to COVID pain. Why? The NHL has about 90 players now on COVIC protocol. They’re all out for a substantial length of time, which has caused the cancellation of games and a watering down of existing games. But the issue now isn’t the health impacts of COVID itself. Almost all of these players — or all of these players — are either asymptomatic or are experiencing mild symptoms. In other words, their youth, their excellent fitness and their fully vaccinated status are doing what we’d hope they would do: protecting them from any kind of serious outcome of COVID. In other years if these players were this healthy they’d almost certainly still be suiting up for games and no one would think anything of it. But because the fear of COVID is so strong in a large group of people, we’re still taking extremely restrictive and punitive action when young and healthy people get the disease. Is it not time for that to end, for the NHL to stop all testing of non-symptomatic players? I would suggest it is.
3. You could argue that if they get sick, the players will threaten spread to others. This is a fair point. It’s not unreasonable. But I will offer a counter-argument, my own take, that at this point anyone in North America who wants to be fully vaccinated is fully vaccinated. They’re also able to get booster shots. In other words, they’re highly protected from COVID, perhaps as protected as they will ever be. And, after almost two years of this mess, folks are also versed in how to protect themselves from COVID, through physical distancing and isolation if they’re highly vulnerable or around someone who is, and through changes to diet and fitness regimes that can greatly lessen obesity, which also offers solid protection from the worst outcomes. The argument that it’s time to get on with our regular lives — save for some hideous and healthcare system-threatening impact from the Omicron variant — has never been stronger. My own take is that — outside of an Omicron melt down — it’s now time to do what Sweden did from the start, and learn to live with the virus with minimal lockdown measures and a reliance on the vaccines, common sense and personal responsibility to get us through. How did this work out for Sweden? Poorly at first, as they had a high death rate, but since early June their death rate has been flat. As other jurisdictions have had third, fourth and fifth waves, Sweden so far has not.
4. It’s too early to tell which direction the Omicron variant will take us. Some say it’s going to be the worst wave yet and crash our healthcare systems like never before, as this highly contagious variant both hammers the unvaccinated and also breaks through into the vaccinated population and produces enough outcomes to make a difference. But the early news out of South Africa, where the variant first took hold, is more hopeful than that, with leading physicians saying almost all cases have been asymptomatic or mild, with their healthcare system still on its feet, and with some even hoping that this variant will act as a form of inoculation, that if most of us get it we won’t get that sick but we’ll be protected from future more virulent variants of COVID. Of course, South Africa has a much younger and less obese population than Western nations, and it’s also had an exceedingly high level of previous COVID spread, which bolsters immunity greatly. We still don’t know how Omicron will impact our own society, one that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID because we’re older and less physically fit, on average, than other nations, and also because our highly-complex healthcare system, with its high levels of care and many rules of care, is vulnerable to being overwhelmed, with just 150 to 300 COVID patients in ICU able to overwhelm our system in Alberta, a province of 4.4 million. Our healthcare workers are outstanding, but they’re getting burnt out by a system that hasn’t been able to adapt rapidly to the threat of COVID — and anyone opposing all forms of lockdown can’t get around that fact.
Posted 21 December 2021 - 07:44 AM
Should come as no surprise to anyone but I'm hearing the NHL and NHLPA have now agreed that NHL players will not participate in the Beijing Olympics, apparently to be announced tomorrow or Thursday. Should just cancel the 2022 Olympics altogether IMO....
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Posted 21 December 2021 - 08:13 AM
There are no plans yet to limit spectators at the world junior men’s hockey championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta.
Ontario cut capacity at sports venues to 50 per cent and the Montreal Canadiens played in an empty Bell Centre on Thursday in an effort slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“We speak daily with the province, with Alberta Health and with Alberta Health Services,” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of events, on Friday.
“They’re monitoring closely what’s going on in other provinces. We’ve had conversations around what that could look like, but at this point, nothing more than that.
“There’s no plan right now to limit fans. We continue to move forward with the plan for full buildings.”
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 December 2021 - 08:14 AM.
Posted 29 March 2022 - 03:29 AM
-- Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has died from an illness, the team said Monday night. He was 62.
The team announced Melnyk's death with a statement from his family that mentioned "an illness he faced with determination and courage.'' The statement did not explain what the illness was, and a team spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking additional details.
Melnyk had a liver transplant in 2015 after a public campaign for a donor. He had owned the Senators since 2003, when he bought the NHL club for $92 million. Ottawa reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007, losing in five games to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Toronto native was involved in other businesses around Canada and in 2010 had an estimated net worth of $1.21 billion. Melnyk bought the Senators after Rod Bryden's deal to reacquire the franchise was unsuccessful.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 March 2022 - 03:29 AM.
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