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#NJDevils prospects Shakir Mukhamadullin and Arseny Gritsyuk are listed on Russia's preliminary Olympic roster for Beijing 2022 https://t.co/OGryYITUUl— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 17, 2022
Habs have a new GM:
Kent Hughes has been named the 18th general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.#GoHabsGohttps://t.co/2AHFwCJB8B— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) January 18, 2022
Bruins retire Willie O’Ree’s No. 22:
64 years ago, Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the league's first Black player.— ESPN (@espn) January 18, 2022
Tonight, he'll have his No. 22 jersey retired by the @NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/QHBBmPbAj0
Right where it belongs.#NHLBruins | #Willie22 pic.twitter.com/AlJ60HYcgi— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 19, 2022
A pretty major change to the league’s COVID-19 protocols:
NEWS: Sources tell @DailyFaceoff that #NHL will no longer test asymptomatic players and staff following the All-Star break, provided Covid-19 rates continue to decline around the league.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 18, 2022
Testing will only then be for cross-border travel (as required) and if symptoms arise.
“The Premier Hockey Federation is more than doubling each teams’ salary cap to $750,000 and adding two expansion franchises next season in a bid to capitalize on the wave of attention women’s hockey traditionally enjoys following the Winter Olympics.” [Associated Press] [The Athletic ($)]
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