The Boston Bruins will finally return to the ice this Saturday for some matinee hockey (1 PM ET) against the Buffalo Sabres. What do the players, coaches, and management have to do for the B’s to survive for what should be 56 games played at warp speed?
The NHL continues to adjust to COVID and has now adapted to the new CDC isolation rules.
Who will the Vegas Golden Knights trade to make room for Jack Eichel’s cap hit when he returns in February?
That and more in the latest BHN Puck Links:
My partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty, suggests five fixes for the Boston Bruins to stay in playoff contention and make the postseason. (BHN)
Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo is out of COVID protocol and forward Charlie Coyle, the only Bruins player left in the protocol, could return to practice Friday and potentially play on Saturday. (BHN)
If you had tickets to the March 21 Boston Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden, you can now use them on January 12 as that Bruins-Habs game was moved to Boston due to COVID restrictions in Montreal and Canada. (BHN)
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Mathew Barzal is finally back in the lineup for the New York Islanders. (NYI Hockey Now)
The NHL will now require asymptomatic players to stay in COVID protocol for just five days, given they test negative before they return. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Detroit Red Wings rookie sensation Lucas Raymond is out of COVID protocol and ready to return. (Detroit Hockey Now)
Our man in Sin City Owen Krepps looks at five players that potentially be dealt to make room for Jack Eichel when he returns and former Boston Bruins winger Reilly Smith is on his top 5 list. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Martin Jones returns to San Jose to face his former Sharks teammates for the first time since signing with the Philadelphia Flyers. (San Jose Hockey Now)
“Bruce There It Is!” Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Beaudreau is now 7-0-0 since taking over the bench for the Canucks and can break the NHL record for the longest winning streak to start a coaching job. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
The Minnesota Wild extended the contracts of head coach Dean Everson and his entire staff. (Minnesota Wild)
With the NHL not going to the Olympics, could the Men’s Hockey tournament be moved to the 2022 Summer Olympics in France? Or to the summer going forward? FOBHN (Friend of Boston Hockey Now), Kevin Paul Dupont with what this scribe thinks is a great idea! (Boston Globe)
The province of Ontario has also shortened its COVID isolation period so the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators will benefit. (Sportsnet)
While shortened isolation periods will help the NHL navigate through the remainder of the season, there is likely going to come to a point where the NHL may have to shut down again or chop some games from the schedule. (Hockey News)
The World Juniors were canceled Wednesday but can they resume this summer? (TSN)