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Blame Alex Ovechkin

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Hands, please, if you’re surprised that Alex Ovechkin was among the perps who violated the NHL’s — the NHL’s and NHLPA’s, by the way — COVID-19 protocols.

Didn’t think so.

We know it is not ideal. We know that restrictions imposed in our daily lives don’t always make sense. But we also know that if Ovechkin and his Capitals teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and Dmitry Orlov wanted to watch television while bivouacked at the team’s hotel in Pittsburgh, they could have done so in a large ballroom set aside for team recreational activities.

But no....

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The league has what appears to be a two-week buffer following the tentatively scheduled May 8 end of the regular season to accommodate postponements.

According to deputy commissioner Bill Daly via an email exchange, the NHL has not yet begun to discuss — or even consider — contingencies if all teams are unable to complete the 56-game schedule.

That, I don’t understand. Seems simple enough to declare immediately that team standings will be determined by winning percentage rather than points if everyone isn’t able complete the schedule. Why wait?

In fact, the NHL could even enlist a corporation to sponsor the percentage column of the standings.

The league can thank me in the morning.

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