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ICYMI: Roster time.
⚠️Damon Severson, Ty Smith, and Miles Wood all start the season listed as on Injured Reserve.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) October 11, 2021
Tyce Thompson is designated as injured, non-roster.
➡️ All are eligible to come off IR prior to Friday.
Cheers, everyone! The roster has arrived. pic.twitter.com/J22VsEEuzW— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 11, 2021
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports on Mackenzie Blackwood: “New Jersey opens Friday at home against Chicago. There is hope MacKenzie Blackwood will consider getting his vaccination beforehand. The goalie, the team’s lone unvaccinated player, said Sunday, ‘I’m probably going to be getting the shot in the next couple of weeks.’ There was one previous appointment set up in September, but he wasn’t ready to do it when the date hit.” [Sportsnet]
Using a survey of experts across the NHL, The Athletic presents a ranking of the starting goaltenders in the league. Mackenzie Blackwood comes in at No. 19 here: [The Athletic ($)]
ESPN’s iconic NHL theme is back:
The Kraken have played their first regular season game:
Gary Bettman reports that just four players in the league haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19. Some pretty impressive numbers.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) October 12, 2021
"We have four players, not 4%, four players that haven't been vaccinated out of our roughly 800." pic.twitter.com/C3FbmNOC07
The Habs sign Nick Suzuki:
Rangers 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov has apparently refused an AHL assignment and is expected to be suspended. [New York Post]
Hearing NYR have given Vitali Kravtsov permission to contact other clubs in seek of a trade. Kravtsov did not make the Opening Day roster.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 12, 2021
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