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NHL expects 98% of players to be vaccinated

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday the NHL expects 98% of players to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the start of the season. The league projects that only between 10 and 15 of roughly 700 players will not be vaccinated by the time the season begins Oct. 12. The league and NHL Players’ Association […]

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Kotkaniemi a Cane as Canadiens decline to match

A week after the Carolina Hurricanes caused a social media stir by signing Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet, the Montreal Canadiens formally declined to match it on Saturday. As a result, the 21-year-old forward will join the Hurricanes for at least this season, and Carolina will more than likely seek to […]

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Sharks asst., unable to take vaccine, steps down

San Jose Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson is stepping down from his role due to a medical exemption that prevents him from receiving a vaccination for COVID-19, the team announced Friday. “Under the new League protocols, I am not permitted to fulfill my duties on the Sharks coaching staff at this time,” Thompson said in […]

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NHL ramps up restrictions for unvaxxed players

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL informed teams of its 2021-22 health and safety protocols Thursday, and they feature significant restrictions for unvaccinated players. On the road, unvaccinated players will not be able to go anywhere except for the team hotel, practice facility or arena, according a 27-page document outlining the protocols, […]

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Bruins C Krejci to play in native Czech Republic

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. David Krejci announced he will not return to the Boston Bruins next season, leaving the NHL after 15 seasons to return home to the Czech Republic. “Since the end of the season, as I have thought about my future, it has become clear that I need to make […]

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Learn more about new Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper – The Denver Post

New Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper, 31, is a 10-year professional from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He stands 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, and will enter the last year of his contract in 2021-20, with a $5.5 million salary and $4.5 million cap hit (Arizona retains $1 million cap hit). — Kuemper played major-junior for the Red Deer Rebels of […]

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Hurricanes sign controversial veteran DeAngelo

The Carolina Hurricanes, one of the more active teams during the first day of NHL free agency, took a chance on defenseman Tony DeAngelo on Wednesday. The veteran, seven months after his tumultuous exit from the New York Rangers, agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Hurricanes, joining a club that prides itself […]

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NHL free agency grades: What Zach Hyman can do for Edmonton

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The NHL free agency signing period for 2021 is officially open. For each key player that signs a deal, we’ll assess the player’s fit with his new team, weigh whether the terms of the deal make sense, and serve up an overall grade for the team. We’ll continue […]