Not much went right for the New Jersey Devils in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. However, Mason Geertsen of the Devils was credited with landing the chirp of the year on Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi, as has been well-documented, is the only NHL player opting out of getting vaccinations for COVID-19. He recently returned to the Detroit lineup from a 10-day stint in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
“Go get vaccinated, go get vaccinated.” – Mason Geertsen’s chirps to Tyler Bertuzzi tonight 💀 pic.twitter.com/IuHeo2THPy
— Josh (@joshlangerr) December 19, 2021
Saturday was Bertuzzi’s second game since coming back and Geertsen offered him some unsolicited advice. “Go get vaccinated,” the camera ended up catching Geertsen chirping at Bertuzzi as the two were coming together in a bit of an altercation midway through the third period.
Hey Mason, if Steve Yzerman couldn’t convince Bertuzzi to get the vaccine, you’re not going to have much chance, either.
The NHL is officially in its holiday trade freeze but that doesn’t mean that trade rumors are also going to be entering a holding pattern.
The Chicago Blackhawks don’t have pending UFA Marc-Andre Fleury’s name on a contract. As long as that’s the case, his trade status will continue to surface in speculation. Both the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche could fortify their Stanley Cup hopes with a goaltender of Fleury’s pedigree.
A new name that’s surfacing in trade talk is Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun. Plenty of teams would welcome his addiiton to their blueline. Chychrun scored 18 goals last season.
Red Wings fans will remember that the Coyotes selected Chychrun in the first-round pick of the 2016 NHL entry draft. They chose him with the pick Detroit dealt to the Coyotes in the Pavel Datsyuk trade.
Around The NHL
Detroit: Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin’s productive week ended up earning him one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week.
Dylan Larkin of the Red Wings, Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues and Nikolaj Ehlers of the Jets are the NHL Three Stars of the Week.https://t.co/tBMNhaVUID
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) December 20, 2021
Boston: News is leaking out that Bruins defenseman Jakob Zboril has undergone knee surgery.
Islanders: Not everyone in the NHL was down with the idea of the COVID-19 pause. New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz’s opinion was “let’s keep playing.”
Florida: Just claimed on waivers from the Colorado Avalanche, the COVID-19 pause is meaning that Panthers goalie Jonas Johansson will be waiting to make his Florida debut.
Calgary: Another victim of the NHL’s COVID-19 pause is former Flames captain Mark Giordano. He was to be making his regular-season return to the Saddledome with the Seattle Kraken. That was among the games that the league ended up postponing.