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A little unclear if this is confirmation that Mackenzie Blackwood actually tested positive for COVID-19, but here’s a notable comment following the game:
#NJDevils goalie Scott Wedgewood: "You don't anticipate a guy retiring or another guy getting COVID, but I think it's just ... we're all in this situation, but I've done a good job preparing myself to be ready if this opportunity came."— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 25, 2021
ICYMI: The team’s tribute video for Andy Greene and Cory Schneider in their returns to Newark.
These two will always be Jersey, no matter the jersey.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) January 25, 2021
Welcome back, Andy and Cory. pic.twitter.com/ZJ5vI5GrQ1
The latest on the COVID-19 list:
#NJDevils on the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list today: Mackenzie Blackwood, Jesper Bratt— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 24, 2021
Still no Aaron Dell or Sami Vatanen. In better news, still no one that might be traced from Blackwood’s situation, either.
Some good Nico news:
#NJDevils coach Lindy Ruff said Nico Hischier has skated a couple of times on his own. Not ready to join the team for practice yet. Said there hasn't been a setback. He's still progressing.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 23, 2021
An interesting piece on some franchise lore here, looking back at the Kansas City Scouts, who did not cover themselves in glory in their two seasons of existence: [The Athletic ($)]
ICYMI: The big deal is done. The Blue Jackets send Pierre-Luc Dubois and a pick to the Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. [ESPN]
It appears that NBC is planning to shut down NBCSN, particularly of note given that the NHL’s broadcast deal with NBC is up after this season. “The NHL has made it clear that it wants to split its rights between at least two TV outlets. NBC has told the NHL that it would carve out regular windows on its broadcast channel and USA Network, which is in 86.2 million homes, plus Peacock.” [Sports Business Daily]
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