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Might Jimmy Vesey, on a tryout deal in camp, earn a contract with the Devils? Vesey had a good showing in a Saturday scrimmage. [NHL]
Some highlights and takeaways here from Sunday camp activities: [NHL]
A storyline to watch: It appears that just one player on the roster has not received a COVID-19 vaccination. There’s plenty of speculation out there on the identity of this player, but here’s what’s been officially reported so far: “It is a prominent player on the New Jersey roster, not someone who is a prospect, likely ticketed for Utica in the American Hockey League or on a player-tryout contract.” [The Athletic ($)]
As of now, the Devils’ unvaccinated player would not be allowed to play in 9 games this season. First one is Dec. 3. He must be two weeks past vaccination to play in Winnipeg.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) September 26, 2021
6 of NJD’s final 23 games are in Canada. For a team that wants to be in the playoff hunt … https://t.co/ikbDgUqplU
A new emphasis on … enforcing the rules!
2021-22 Rule Interpretation: Rule 59 - Cross-checking— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) September 24, 2021
For the 2021-22 season there will be a tighter standard of enforcement for Rule 59 - Cross-checking.
Find more in the NHL Video Rulebook: https://t.co/HJ93BdTp5f pic.twitter.com/H95yTcr4M3
Flyers forward Kevin Hayes will be playing this season with a heavy heart, following the death of brother Jimmy last month: “My brother was a special person. He touched a lot of lives. He really enjoyed life and really enjoyed helping others. It sucks that he’s gone. It happened way too fast.” [ESPN]
As he looks to lock up his spot with the Kraken, Nathan Bastian notes that he has checked the schedule: “I think I did well in New Jersey last year, but as soon as I got picked, and a schedule came out the first game I looked for was the game back there.” [Seattle Times]
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