One of the main obstacles to completing an NHL Trade this season is the Canadian quarantine rules that require any NHL player that gets traded from a team in the United States to one in Canada, to quarantine for 14 days. As if making sure an NHL trade fits under the salary cap of booth teams isn’t hard enough under the flattened $81.5 million cap, now teams have to wait two weeks after giving up a player and/or picks.
Well, according to TSN Insider Frank Seravalli, the NHL is working hard to lift that quarantine rule for NHLers traded before the April 12 NHL Trade deadline:
“They are certainly trying, in fact, the NHL and all seven Canadian teams have been trying for the last number of months to get an exemption to that quarantine,” Seravalli said on TSN Insider Trading. “With a month to go before the deadline, they are optimistic that it remains a possibility at this point. They’re hoping to find out ASAP, but certainly well before the deadline. What teams have been willing to do on the U.S. side to avoid some of that quarantine when changing teams with players driving 16 hours between cities, or one team dropping a player off at another team’s hotel in order to keep these bubbles intact. That would be welcomed news to some GMs that are trying to make some moves and to do it without the quarantine of 14 days would be music to their ears.”
That includes the ears of Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and Team President Cam Neely. On Wednesday, Sweeney told the media that he won’t be afraid to ‘shake things up’ with an NHL Trade or two, and on Thursday, Neely doubled down on that and specifically mentioned players on teams falling out of the playoffs as NHL trade targets. Not so ironically, there nine scouts taking in the Bruins’ 4-0 win over the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Thursday, including one each from the New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, and Anaheim Ducks, all teams on the verge of being out of playoff contention.
Also, and maybe it’s a coincidence but after just one game watching from above, Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk returned to the lineup. Of course, this is total speculation, but could that have been a showcase for all the scouts on hand that included Florida Panthers Assistant GM Brett Peterson?
Now onto the rest of your BHN Daily:
Speaking of NHL Trade rumors, one player that has found himself on the NHL trade rumor circuit since prior to the 2020 NHL Trade deadline is Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett. Even with a new head coach in Darryl Sutter, Bennett’s name is still prevalent when it comes to players expected to move. (Pro Hockey Rumors)
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Bruins center David Krejci got off the schneid Thursday night scoring his first regular season goal in 35 games. (Boston Hockey Now)
DeBrusk also snapped out of his own slump and made it clear that the negative press he’s been getting recently motivated him to silence the critics and get back on track with a goal. (Boston Hockey Now)
The NHL is back on ESPN next season and give Stephen A Smith credit, he knows he’s in over his head when talking hockey!
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— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 11, 2021
Finally, with this being the year anniversary of the NHL COVID pause and a year since most of our worlds stopped and changed forever, BHN wants to send love and hope to those affected by the pandemic. Thank you to all our frontline workers and to those lost, may we all unite and honor your memory.