Sport: Links: The possibility of a full NHL shutdown due to COVID-19

Alain Vigneault fired by Flyers after slow start to season

  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.

  Links: The possibility of a full NHL shutdown due to COVID-19 © Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • 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:
  • 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.

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