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Jack Hughes: media darling. The Devils have trotted out the young star for interviews as part of the NHL’s preseason media tour: [NHL]
Side note: I know it’s the job of every organization’s social media team to dunk on people and be #edgy constantly, but … isn’t this an odd way of addressing the section of your fanbase that’s highly engaged?
You can stop whining now. We posted the roster.https://t.co/7xLfTMpEPj— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) September 16, 2021
At #NHL Player Media Tour in Chicago, deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells @DailyFaceoff the league is projecting 98% of players will be fully vaccinated prior to start of the season.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 16, 2021
Expectation is 10-15 total players will be unvaccinated - subject to more stringent protocols.
Evander Kane on gambling allegations leveled at him by his estranged wife: “I understood the magnitude of them immediately. I know [they’re] not true. I know none of what she was saying was true. I was very confident, comfortable with knowing that I was going to be exonerated and am going to be exonerated of those allegations.” [ESPN]
*looks intensely in the direction of Tampa* “Teams who suspend players without pay under the terms of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols during the 2021-22 season will receive also cap relief from those players’ daily salary cap hit, just as they would for other suspensions without pay, the NHL confirmed to Postmedia on Thursday.” [The Province]
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