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When NHL training camps first began in September, there was word that only a select few players throughout the league remained unvaccinated.

The most prominent of the few who were on that list was Mackenzie Blackwood, who is the starting netminder for the New Jersey Devils. The 24-year-old didn’t get overly specific when asked at the time why he wasn’t vaccinated, simply stating that he was still undecided and had some health issues he needed to sort out.  His decision could have been a fairly significant problem for the Devils this season, as he wouldn’t have been able to play in any games north of the border. However, Blackwood has since changed his stance and has chosen to get vaccinated. While he said his main reason for doing so was for his teammates, he also mentioned that the opportunity to possibly represent Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics, something he wouldn’t have been able to do had he remained unvaccinated, played a major role as well.

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Dave Pagnotta reporting that there is growing dissatisfaction with Gary Bettman among owners and that some owners are pushing for a change in leadership. The owners appear to finally be coming around to the fact that despite the league's financial success, respect for players has been non-existent under Bettman. First with the Black Lives Matter issues and coaches being found to have discriminated against black players. Now with the whole Kyle Beach story and findings of cover-up of sexual assault. And we all know the league has been hiding and denying the whole concussion and player safety issue for a long time and continues to do so. From my end, I'd say it's about time if it happens. Bettman has always clearly been about money and nothing else. No respect for players. No respect for fans. Just jack up prices and exploit fans and exploit player safety. Well here we are. Maybe for once he'll be held accountable for his actions.

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14 minutes ago, BigTed3 said:

Dave Pagnotta reporting that there is growing dissatisfaction with Gary Bettman among owners and that some owners are pushing for a change in leadership. The owners appear to finally be coming around to the fact that despite the league's financial success, respect for players has been non-existent under Bettman. First with the Black Lives Matter issues and coaches being found to have discriminated against black players. Now with the whole Kyle Beach story and findings of cover-up of sexual assault. And we all know the league has been hiding and denying the whole concussion and player safety issue for a long time and continues to do so. From my end, I'd say it's about time if it happens. Bettman has always clearly been about money and nothing else. No respect for players. No respect for fans. Just jack up prices and exploit fans and exploit player safety. Well here we are. Maybe for once he'll be held accountable for his actions.

That plus the obvious bias in his referees that he's never addressed.

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17 hours ago, BigTed3 said:

Dave Pagnotta reporting that there is growing dissatisfaction with Gary Bettman among owners and that some owners are pushing for a change in leadership. The owners appear to finally be coming around to the fact that despite the league's financial success, respect for players has been non-existent under Bettman. First with the Black Lives Matter issues and coaches being found to have discriminated against black players. Now with the whole Kyle Beach story and findings of cover-up of sexual assault. And we all know the league has been hiding and denying the whole concussion and player safety issue for a long time and continues to do so. From my end, I'd say it's about time if it happens. Bettman has always clearly been about money and nothing else. No respect for players. No respect for fans. Just jack up prices and exploit fans and exploit player safety. Well here we are. Maybe for once he'll be held accountable for his actions.

I mean, I doubt any change in leadership would change the things you are highlighting. The league will continue to exploit fans and players because that's how the owners will make more money. I don't think it matters if it's Bettman in charge or someone else.

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58 minutes ago, electron58 said:

The Vegas Golden Knights have claimed forward Michael Amadio off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lol and one the Vegas players return from Injury Amadio will be placed on waivers again and return to the Leafs. . Lol

 

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The Golden Knights are already dealing with injuries to Alex Tuch, Max Pacioretty, Nolan Patrick, and Mark Stone, but were likely weakest overall at the center ice position. Now William Karlsson, after playing more than 19 minutes in his last game, will miss roughly six weeks with a broken foot

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On 10/29/2021 at 10:01 AM, electron58 said:

There has been much criticism on the NHLPA and it's executive director Don Fehr with how they responded to allegations by a Blackhawks player of being sexually assaulted by Brad Aldrich. So will Fehr step down, or be removed? 

He should definitely step down, or be removed! He's more in a position of power.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr recommended that the union hire an outside law firm for an independent review on its handling of Kyle Beach's allegations of sexual assault against Chicago Blackhawks then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010.

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On 10/23/2021 at 11:27 AM, electron58 said:

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has opened up an investigation into current Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin's potential role in an alleged sexual assault cover-up, according to Rick Westhead of TSN.  Erin Skalde, and her husband, Jarrod — who was an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, alleged in a lawsuit that former AHL Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli sexually assaulted her while the three were in a car in Providence, Rhode Island, on a road trip in November of 2018. The lawsuit was filed against the Penguins in November of 2020.  Jarrod filed the lawsuit after being fired by the Penguins in May of 2020. He suggests that the team used COVID-19 cuts as an excuse to terminate his contract, and that the real reason had to do with his complaints against Donatelli.

Seven months after filing the suit, Jarrod claimed that then-Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin told him not to speak of the alleged assault when it was brought to the latter's attention at the 2019 NHL Draft.

 

2 hours ago, jennifer_rocket said:

Yeah. Mentioned this 10 days ago, but I guess it didn't seem important at the time. 

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17 hours ago, electron58 said:

Adam Fox agreed to a seven-year, $66.5 million contract with the New York Rangers on Monday. It has an average annual value of $9.5 million.

Not too shabby for what was essentially a throw-in in the Hamilton trade... and then traded for 2 conditional picks...  man talk about some teams regretting those moves.  And we complain about Sergachev for Drouin. :P

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2 hours ago, maas_art said:

Not too shabby for what was essentially a throw-in in the Hamilton trade... and then traded for 2 conditional picks...  man talk about some teams regretting those moves.  And we complain about Sergachev for Drouin. :P

Except that I believe Fox refused to play for anyone other than the Rangers, so he kind of tied the hands of his other teams. He's said it's been his dream to suit up for NY and he couldn't really see himself playing for anyone else. So yeah, tough for other teams to give him up, but if you're going to lose him for nothing, you take what you can get. Kind of like the position we might end up in with Jordan Harris.

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Chicago Blackhawks interim GM Kyle Davidson has made his first move, signing prospect Louis Crevier to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal carries a cap hit of $850,833.

Selected 188th overall in 2020, Crevier is off to an outstanding start to his 2021-22 season, scoring six points in eight games with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. 

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New Jersey Devils defenceman P.K. Subban is set for a hearing over tripping Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced on Wednesday.  The incident in question occurred during the Devils' 4-0 loss on Tuesday. Subban was not assessed a penalty on the play.  Subban, 32, was fined $5,000 last week for tripping Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic.  In his 13th NHL season and third with the Devils, Subban has three assists in eight games.  Coincidentally, Zegras was the recipient of the hit for which the NHL most recently suspended a player.  Montreal Canadiens forward Cedric Paquette was given a two-game ban for boarding Zegras during Sunday's game.

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SPORTSNET 2022 DRAFT RANKINGS NOVEMBER 2021 EDITION

1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL): Don’t be concerned about point totals (eight points in eight games), focus on the details, and you see a first overall pick all day long.

2. Ivan Miroshnichenko, LW, Omsk (VHL): Extremely strong and powerful skater who possesses a deadly shot and the know-how to get into position to use it.

3. Juraj Slafkovsky, LW, TPS Turku (Liiga): Has a number of weapons he can use to score, be it off the rush, with the one-timer or getting to the net front.

4. Joakim Kemell, LW, JYP (Liiga): Is on pace to put forth one of the best U18 seasons in the history of Finland’s top pro league.

5. Logan Cooley, C, USNTDP: Nice little six-game goal streak featured markers against both USHL and NCAA competition.

*6. David Jiricek, D, HC Plzen (Extraliiga): As a defenceman, he will have added value in this draft class that’s full of high-end forwards.

7. Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg Ice (WHL): Even when not producing, can still impact the game by either playing physically or matching up against the opposition’s best.

8. Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg Ice (WHL): There’s no denying the puck skills and amazing playmaking ability. The creativity is what will allow him to overcome any issues regarding size (5-foot-9, 178 pounds).

*9. Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk (KHL): A new-aged Russian player who competes hard all over the ice and doesn’t sacrifice offence to do so.

10. Isaac Howard, LW, USNTDP: Has ability to find open ice to utilize his array of finishing skills.

I just did top 10, because, that is where I believe,  we will end up,  sadly. If we're going to miss the playoffs,  we may as well end up here.

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