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Afternoon Line- Robin Lehner


added 5:04pm, below, watch what Duncan Keith had to say on the topic.

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NHL/NHLPA Announce Transition Rules And Critical Dates

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Sept. 29, 2021) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today transition rules and critical dates for the 2021-22 season.

The full text for both items can be found here, with several critical dates noted below.

REMINDER: The NHL previously released the COVID-19 Protocol for the 2021-22 season.

Critical Dates for 2021-22 Season

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Critical Dates

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NHL Players On The Vaccine Policy

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at TSN,

Vaccinated players that test positive in 2021-22 for COVID-19 will be treated as having hockey injuries and still get paid, while their unvaccinated counterparts are set to have their movements restricted on the road.

Regular testing for the coronavirus will continue for vaccinated players.

Canucks forward Jason Dickinson said the decision to role up his sleeve was an easy one.

"The vaccine works — it works," he said. "There's a lot of people that want to argue it. And I guess that's their right, but there's a lot of people that are losing their rights right now by having to wait (the unvaccinated) out.

"It's slowing down everybody else's life."

But Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, whose team is fully vaccinated, said he felt pressured into getting the shot.

"I'm not anti-vaxx by any means, but I'd like to have that decision for myself," he said. "I had just gotten COVID and gotten over it, and then I had to get the (vaccine), which made me feel like I had COVID all over again. If I could have had at least some time to choose, maybe I would have got it (when) they recommend — three months later.

"I would have liked (the NHLPA) to have helped us a little more ... I just feel it could have been worked out a little bit better."


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Covid Protocols For This Season

via Michael Russo tweets,

Reading the NHL COVID-19 protocols, let's just say vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be treated very differently this season.

Different protocols, no pay if unvaccinated player gets sick, 50% of costs associated will be charged to players' share of HRR, etc.

NHL media that are fully vaccinated and masked will have access to players this season in the locker room, the NHL protocols say


added 7:10pm, from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

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Hearing Dates For Salary Arbitration

via the NHLPA,

The hearing dates have been set for the players who are scheduled to have Salary Arbitration cases held this year. Salary Arbitration hearings will be conducted from August 11 to 26.

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NHLPA Player Poll

TORONTO (June 17, 2021) – While hockey fans are enjoying an exciting postseason, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today unveiled its 2020-21 NHLPA Player Poll results on NHLPA.com.

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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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All About The Players Emergency Fund

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Established some 75 years ago as a financial safety net for ex-players, PEFA is funded solely by fines and suspensions to the current working help, as meted the last couple of decades by the Department of Player Safety. It’s there if needed, and scores of ex-players have been helped through the years, albeit through the unintended largesse of the bad characters who continue to make their donations....

Headed into the weekend, according to Daly’s figures, roughly $600,000 in fines and suspension were assessed in the first two months of this season....

As long as there are the Wilsons of the world, and a fan appreciation for violence, there’s little chance of a funding shortage. Some years just yield bigger bounties than others.

“The fund — which pre-dates me by many years — has been instrumental in helping a lot of players,” Daly said. “I think since 1990 we’ve had in excess of 400 players, or player families, or people from the NHL family, who have received assistance from the fund.”

Ex-NHL executive, and for years the league’s one-man disciplinarian committee, Brian O’Neill oversaw PEAF long into his retirement from his day-to-day administrative duties. His successor, Hall-of-Fame center Pat LaFontaine, now 56, is now president and runs the fund with six other board members — three each from the league and player union sides.

“Pat is perfect for this job,” Daly said. “First of all, he stays in touch with the all the players. He has it deep down in his heart, the right and wrong, and he’s very sensitive and sympathetic to issues that players go through. He’s been fantastic so far. And … he’s lived it.”

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The NHL/NHLPA Involved In Study Of COVID-19 Cardiac Effects

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2021) – The NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and WNBA today issued the following joint statement:

The study published today by JAMA Cardiology is an illustration of the collaboration among medical experts at MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL and WNBA and our respective Players’ Associations over the past year. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked more closely together than ever to share lessons learned to ensure the best possible care for players.

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