It’s here, it’s finally here. The season resumes today. Here are your links for today:
Not a surprise, but no Nico for Thursday’s opener:
Lindy Ruff: "Nico is progressing. I actually talked to him on the way over to this interview and he's doing well, but he's not there yet. He hasn't even skated yet, so not to tip my hat or anything, but he's not close for opening night." https://t.co/YJQjKjTfW6— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) January 12, 2021
Devils add a goaltender:
No final roster yet, but watch for it today:
For fans wondering where the Devils roster is, it was submitted to Central Registry prior to the 5 pm deadline.— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) January 13, 2021
The league will issue a league-wide roster announcement tomorrow around noon.
None of us really expect the team to do so well in the standings this season. So what does success look like for the Devils over the next few months? [The Athletic ($)]
Gary Bettman confirming the not-so-great financial reality of this season: “It would be cheaper for us to shut the doors and not play. We are going to run through more money — or [to] say it differently, lose more money at the club level and at the league level — by playing than by not playing. But the owners unanimously are OK with that because they know how important it is for our fans and for the game.” [NHL]
Update on COVID-19 testing as we head into the season. The NHL also says it will be releasing names of players who test positive:
Despite having earned millions during his career, Sharks forward Evander Kane has filed for bankruptcy and is being sued by a bank. [Sportsnet]
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