Detroit Red Wings feisty forward Tyler Bertuzzi isn’t the only player on the National Hockey League’s non-vaccinated list. New Jersey Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood is weighing whether to vaccinate.
Edmonton’s Josh Archibald, New York Islanders’ Bode Wilde and Columbus Zac Rinaldo have also been identified.
Vancouver Hockey Now’s Rob Simpson also writes that the Canucks are the victims because Travis Hamonic hasn’t showed up at training camp. It’s presumed his absence is about the vaccine and family concerns.
If Blackwood doesn’t receive the vaccine, he will miss his team’s nine games in Canada, just like Bertuzzi will for the Red Wings. We’ve called him a bad teammate for his stance.
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Hockey News’ Adam Proteau believe the Eichel situation will last until the March 12 NHL Trade deadline.
Around the NHL
NYI: Where is Semyon Varlamov? The goalie is injured, not seriously we’re told. However, he hasn’t yet been seen at Islanders camp.
San Jose: Sheng Peng’s look the latest Evander Kane investigation, plus did he violate NHL’s COVID protocol?
Washington: Is Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Mantha the Caps new No. 1 line? Updates on Lars Eller and Nick Backstrom, too.
Philadelphia: The Flyers new players sharp. Carter Hart was also good in their preseason opener.
Boston: Bruins have a replacement for David Krejci. Jack Studnicka is winning the job
Florida: The Florida Panthers seem ready to challenge Tampa. Their final roster is almost set
Detroit: Could defenseman Troy Stecher’s success at the World Championships catapult him to a more significant role with the Detroit Red Wings?
Colorado: Nazem Kadri missed the crucial Round Two series vs. Vegas due to suspension. The gritty center wants to move on and move forward.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights kids played well against Colorado and the Golden Knights prevailed.