In and out of COVID protocol
Sara Civ: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rob Brind’Amour on their current COVID situation:
“Kind of both. What can you do, right? There’s nothing you can do about it. You are holding your breath.
“Guys are testing twice a day, you don’t know what’s gonna happen. The concern is what does happen if other guys are out? You don’t have other players around. There’s a lot of questions about how it’s supposed to work. But we’ve got a group here and we gotta go try to play a game”
Minnesota Wild PR: Minnesota Wild forward Frederik Gaudreau is in COVID protocol.
Arthur Staple: The New York Islanders could be returning to the ice today for practice this afternoon. All players and staff who test negative can return. Players in COVID protocol are not eligible to return.
Devils extend Hughes
The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jack Eichel to an eight-year, $64 million deal.
Corey Masisak: “A huge move for the franchise. If Hughes gets near his ceiling, this will be a team-friendly deal. Conversely, $64 million for a 20-year-old w/a chance to sign another big deal after it is pretty nice.”
Pierre LeBrun: Salary breakdown.
22-23: $9 million including a $2 million signing bonus.
23-24: $8.5 million
24-25: $8.5 million
25-26: $8.5 million
26-27: $8 million
27-28: $7.5 million
28-29: $7 million
29-30: $7 million
The last four years of the deal contains a 10-team no-trade clause.
Corey Masisak: There are now 13 players who are under 25-years old and have salary cap hits over $8 million per year for 2022-23.
24 – McDavid, Matthews, Marner, Werenski, Kaprizov, Aho, Chabot
23 – McAvoy, Fox, Makar
22 – Heiskanen, B. Tkachuk
20 – J. Hughes
Jack Hughes‘ microstat card from 2020-21 gives a good glimpse at the level of talent we’re talking about here. One of the most active transition player in the league, an excellent passer, and one of the most prolific puck thieves in hockey. pic.twitter.com/EAHNGQJFXd
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