Rangers assimilating to the bubble life as NHL reports zero new cases of COVID-19

Rangers entering Ford Center in Toronto (NYR)

The NHL has taken a lot of heat over the years for various reasons. Gary Bettman as commissioner takes the brunt of it, and gets a loud chorus of boos every time he’s out in front of a crowd. Lockouts will do that to you.

One thing is for certain, he and the NHL deserve immense credit for not only pulling off a safe Return to Play plan, but also 6 more years of labor peace.

NHL announces zero new COVID-19 cases

Yesterday, while the MLB was postponing games due to a rash of positive test cases, the NHL announced zero new cases for last week. The league closed out Phase 3 and entered their final Phase 4 on an absolute high point.

Over 4000 tests were administered to over 800 players and not a single one tested positive for COVID-19. To be fair, the players and teams all deserve credit, but they are adhering to a plan Bettman and company worked hard on putting forth and getting approved.

Credit where credit is due.

New York Rangers adjusting to NHL Bubble life

Zibanejad arrives at the hotel in Toronto (NHLI)

The Rangers got in a solid practice at the Ford Center in Toronto, their new training home. They are also adjusting and trying to enjoy the Bubble life. From a golf simulator in their lounge, to players posting photo of themselves on Instagram enjoying room service, this is their new norm for these playoffs.

Head coach David Quinn, skated all his players by breaking it up into two sessions. “It’s similar to what we do on the road so far,” Quinn said about day one in the bubble. He did follow up by saying ask me again in a “few days.”

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