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Duffer’s Dabbles: Jets Will Require Jab For Fans To Get Into Rink; Pettersson Putting Pressure On Canucks



Famous for the whiteout, the Winnipeg Jets will also keeping out fans who aren't vaccinated for COVID-19.

The Winnipeg Jets are famous around the NHL for the whiteout, when all fans in attendance don white for Jets playoff games. Now, they may become infamous for a V-out.

The Jets announced ticket sale plans for the 2021-22 NHL season and indicated that only people who can provide proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be permitted to attend games. The team is making this decision in response to overwhelming requests to do so from season-ticket holders.

Interestingly, this ruling isn’t covering the players. Determination of their vaccination status requirements is going to be based on whatever policy is created between the NHL and the NHLPA.

Sneaky Pete

Vancouver: He’s insisting that he wants to stay in Vancouver. At the same time, restricted free agent forward Elias Pettersson told Swedish reporter Uffe Bodin he also desires to play for a Stanley Cup contender. Is it time for teams to fire up the offer sheets?

Boston: Speaking of offer sheets, did the Bruins foolishly spend money in the bargain basement for forwards when they could have pooled those resources to chase Pettersson?

Pittsburgh: Could these available free agents be of interest to the Penguins?

Florida: Newly-acquired forward Sam Reinhart is signed, sealed and delivered to the Panthers for the next several seasons.

Philadelphia: Considering the price that NHL teams are paying for defensemen on the trade and free agent markets, the Flyers’ deal for Ryan Ellis is looking better and better.

Washington: Did you hear that the Capitals signed Subban? Okay, so it was Jordan Subban, the other, other Subban brother. But still . . .

Detroit: Do oddsmakers know something that Detroit GM Steve Yzerman isn’t telling everyone? Red Wings prospect Lucas Raymond is the second betting choice in the opening Calder Trophy odds. This, even though Yzerman is saying he doesn’t even know whether Raymond will make the team.