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BHN Puck Links: More Bruins In COVID Protocol, Knights Eyeing Kane

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The Boston Bruins COVID Protocol list continued to grow on Thursday morning.

Can Jack Studnicka finally seize his latest chance to stick in the NHL?

Are the Vegas Golden Knights going to trade for Evander Kane?

That and more in the latest BHN Puck Links:

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And the COVID beat goes on for the Boston Bruins. Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic and goalie Jeremy Swayman joined Craig Smith, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron in COVID Protocol Thursday morning. Two Bruins staff members are also in COVID protocol. (BHN)

With the Boston Bruins COVID protocol list growing and over 50 NHL players since Sunday now in COVID protocol, the NHL has ‘enhanced’ its league-wide protocol. The province of Ontario has also limited arenas with 1,000 seats or more to 50-percent capacities. (BHN

Thanks to six Boston Bruins players in COVID protocol until at least after Christmas, forward Jack Studnicka may finally get the fair chance he’s earned to stick in the NHL. (BHN)

National Hockey Now

Any NHL fan had to love Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin giving his longtime nemesis and rival, Marc-Andre Fleury, a standing ovation when the Chicago Blackhawks held a pre-game tribute to Fleury for reaching 500 wins in the NHL recently. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Speaking of Ovechkin, he tied another record in a 5-4 overtime loss for the Caps to the Blackhawks Wednesday. (Washington Hockey Now)

Will the Florida Panthers game against the Los Angeles Kings get postponed due to the growing number of Panthers being placed in COVID protocol? (Florida Hockey Now)

With the Omicron COVID variant ravaging the NHL right now, many potential Olympic NHLers have grown skeptical of going to China for the Olympics. Add Detroit Red Wings captain and potential USA Olympian Dylan Larkin to that list. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Speaking of the Red Wings, they’re putting their faith in the NHL that they’re making the right decision and letting them play the Carolina Hurricanes who have been slammed by COVID this week. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights are rolling. They have Jack Eichel on the way and now they’re scouting Evander Kane, another scoring threat? (Vegas Hockey Now)

Speaking of Kane, he scored his first-ever AHL goal on Wednesday. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry was correct in speaking out about the lack of structure the Habs have on the ice this season but his timing may have been off. (Montreal Hockey Now)

NHL

The Calgary Flames, the team that basically transmitted COVID to the Boston Bruins, now have 18 players in COVID protocol. 18! (TSN)

The Chicago Blackhawks and Kyle Beach finally reached a settlement. (Sportsnet)

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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