NHL News: Updated COVID list, Blackhawks fallout, rumors, and scores

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Jan 18, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL has a 99% vaccination rate, with just one player in the league not vaccinated per multiple reports. New Jersey’s goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has started the COVID vaccination process this week.

Currently, the list of players on the COVID-19 protocol list has 14 names on it.

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Yesterday, two captains were added to the list in Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly.

  • Michael Stone, CGY
  • Patrick Kane, CHI
  • Jonathan Toews, CHI
  • Riley Stillman, CHI
  • Jujhar Khaira, CHI
  • Henrik Borgstrom, CHI
  • David Rittch, NSH
  • Jeff Carter, PIT
  • Tristan Jarry, PIT
  • Kris Letang, PIT
  • Brandon Saad, STL
  • Ryan O’Reilly, STL
  • Blake Wheeler, WPG
  • Mark Scheifele, WPG

Blackhawks executives resign, NHL fines franchise $2 million

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman “stepped aside” and left the organization Tuesday, the day the findings of an investigation into decade-old sexual misconduct allegations were released. Bowman has also left Team USA for the Olympics.

CEO Danny Wirtz made the announcement. Kyle Davidson, the assistant general manager of hockey operations, will replace Bowman on an interim basis.

Multiple outlets reported that senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac also left his position.

Bowman was concluding his first year as general manager in 2010 when former video coach Bradley Aldrich allegedly assaulted two players. Reid Schar, a former U.S. attorney, interviewed 139 witnesses during a four-month investigation and found the team failed to take action following a May 23, 2010, meeting to discuss the allegations of sexual assault.

Among the members of the organization who were present were Bowman, now-Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville and Kevin Cheveldayoff, the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets, Schar said.

Wirtz said Tuesday he told team attorneys to attempt to settle lawsuits brought against the team by two plaintiffs.

“It is clear the organization and its executives at that time did not live up to our own standards or values in handling these disturbing incidents,” the Blackhawks said in a letter to the community. “We deeply regret the harm caused to (plaintiff) John Doe and the other individuals who were affected and the failure to promptly respond. As an organization, we extend our profound apologies to the individuals who suffered from these experiences. We must — and will — do better.”

In the wake of the findings, the NHL fined the Blackhawks $2,000,000.

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Chicago may also be contemplating a coaching change as the team remains winless. This also brings up the question on if they will eventually decide to fully rebuild by trading Toews or Patrick Kane.

Jack Eichel is also rumored to be filing a grievance against the Sabres in order to get some sort of resolution on his medical situation. Eichel’s camp has been gathering medical evidence to support his desire for an artificial disc replacement. The grievance could help move the Sabres to make a trade or allow him to get the procedure.

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The Jets scored two goal in 80 seconds late in the third period to grab a win. Read that and more here.


–Field Level Media contributed to this report

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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