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By now you’re likely aware that the Devils season is on pause because of COVID-19:
Here’s the latest on absences:
Five new names: Bratt, Hughes, Severson, Smith and Tennyson.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) February 2, 2021
- Mackenzie Blackwood is off the list.
- 10 players who played Saturday against Buffalo.
- 9 players who played Sunday against the Sabres. https://t.co/OVS5CCkvqd
And now the Sabres are on pause as well. The whole situation raises a few questions about the league’s protocols.
Source: "Buffalo is furious. ... They asked for more info from the league and from NJ on both Saturday and Sunday when Zajac and Palmieri went out" and they didn't get it. https://t.co/7sjs5AaHvU— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) February 2, 2021
Nothing particularly new here, but a nice piece from Greg Wyshynski here talking about Jack Hughes’ progress from last season to this season: [ESPN ($)]
Following news that the Penguins had some vague interest in Tom Fitzgerald for their GM job, Elliotte Friedman pretty well shuts that all down: “New Jersey does not want to let Tom Fitzgerald interview. The Devils consider him an important part of their future, and it sounds like they’re going to address his situation.” Does this mean the team is going to lock up Fitzgerald? It certainly sounds like it. [The Athletic ($)] [Sportsnet]
Sounds like the 2022 Beijing Olympics will feature hockey played on North American-sized ice rinks. [TSN]
It seems Tony DeAngelo has played his last game as a New York Ranger. GM Jeff Gorton: “I told him if his name came up in anything at all that he would be on waivers. I felt like I had to stay true to my word, the organization’s word.” [ESPN]
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