Alain Vigneault fired by Flyers after slow start to season
The Flyers are currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division with an 8-10-4 record.Another Vigneault assistant, Michel Therrien, who was in charge of the NHL’s third-worst power play (13.4%), was also relieved of his duties.
The Canadiens cancelled their practice yesterday as a precautionary measure. It was later revealed that Artturi Lehkonen had enterred the COVID-19 protocol. [CTV News]
Jesse Ylönen is showing promising signs during his time in Montreal. [RDS]
He’s not the only AHL call-up standing out with the team. [Montreal Gazette]
In fact, Laurent Dauphin is making a case that he deserves a spot in the NHL outright. [Radio-Canada]
With no game to play, Jonathan Drouin had time to work on his craft:
Around the league and elsewhere
Paul Maurice resigned from his position of Winnipeg Jets head coach on Friday. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
Looking at where Sidney Crosby’s 400 multi-point games place him in NHL history. [PensBurgh]
Team Canada will only get one pre-tournament game with its final roster before the World Juniors begin as several tune-up games get cancelled. [TSN]
Jason Spezza’s suspension was reduced from six games to four by Gary Bettman. [NHL.com]
Spezza will be unable to play anyway, because he is one of the players who have entered COVID protocol. [Pension Plan Puppets]
It’s not just players and coaches, either:
As well as players and staff, hearing there are at least 13 NHL officials in the COVID protocol.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) December 19, 2021
With all the cases and various teams being shut down due to the Omicron variant, a full pause of the season isn’t out of the question. [Sportsnet]
Blues, Wild bracing for below zero temperatures at 2022 Winter Classic .
Temperatures are expected to reach a high of -3 degrees Fahrenheit for the 7 p.m. ET start.When the St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild hit the ice under the lights at Target Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, the temperature is expected to reach a high of -3 degrees Fahrenheit degrees for the 7 p.m. ET puck drop. That’s negative 3, which would make it the coldest outdoor game in league history.