NHL News: COVID List, Todd Nelson, Rick Tocchet, Ethan Bear, Vitaly Abramov and Nazem Kadri
Brayden McNabb, Jayson Megna added to NHLs COVID list. Vitaly Abramov heads to the KHL. Nazem Kadri has a hearing with Gary Bettman today.
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Two players added to COVID list

Elliotte Friedman: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb and Colorado Avalanche forward Jayson Megna were added the NHL’s COVID protocol related absence list.

Nelson and Tocchet to interview with the Blue Jackets, Nelson to speak with Coyotes

Elliotte Friedman: Have heard that Dallas Stars assistant coach Todd Nelson will interview for openings with the Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Aaron Portzline: Confirming Craig Morgan’s report that Rick Tocchet will interview with the Columbus Blue Jackets later this week.

Aaron Portzline: So far the majority of head coaching interviews for the Columbus Blue Jackets have been done through zoom. For the second and third interviews, they will likely do in person.

Bear responding to racist comments

Senators prospect Abramov heads to the KHL

Bruce Garrioch: Ottawa Senators prospect Vitaly Abramov signed with Traktor of the KHL. The Sens would retain his rights and will likely send him a qualifying offer.

Vitaly Abramov: “I would like to say thank you to all the Ottawa Senators fans for their support through the years. It’s been huge for me. See you soon.”

Shawn Simpson: Would bet that Abramov will be back in North America in a year or two.

Kadri has a hearing with Bettman today

NHL: Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri will have a Zoom hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today to appeal his eight-game suspension.

Kadri has missed two games already.

“The eight games, I’m a little surprised to be honest with you,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said when the suspension was announced. “I looked through all the headshot suspensions for the last year. A lot of two-gamers get handed out that were significant hits to the head. We’ve had some guys put out with hits to the head that you know are still out with no suspension and two games.”