Fleury, Jones, and Colliton Speak: COVID Protocols, Nicknames, Facing Patrick Kane, and More

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Fleury, Jones, and Colliton Speak: COVID Protocols, Nicknames, Facing Patrick Kane, and More

Chicago Blackhawks

Day two of Blackhawks camp is in the books, but there was plenty to talk about after practices today, including thoughts from Marc-André Fleury on his new pads, his competitive dynamic with Patrick Kane, and the overall tempo of camp. In addition, new defenseman Seth Jones and head coach Jeremy Colliton had some things to say this afternoon.

Marc-André Fleury told reporters that the tempo around the building “went up the last couple of days.” The reigning Vezina winner also explained his decision on his new pads, which feature a classic brown leather look compared to the primarily black setup we grew accustomed to with Corey Crawford here, and the red and white combos worn by current goaltenders Kevin Lankinen, Malcolm Subban, and Collin Delia.

Fleury also shared a laugh with reporters when asked about Patrick Kane giving it to him after scoring a goal against him in camp and emphasized that Kane made sure to celebrate with his one goal against Fleury today.

Seth Jones seems to be settling in just fine with his new team after spending the previous nine seasons playing against the Blackhawks as a member of the Nashville Predators and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Like Fleury, Jones also had some things to say about his new teammate, Patrick Kane. Jones said that playing against Kane, something he’s done in practice the last two days (and his previous nine seasons), “isn’t very fun.”

Jones also stoked the sibling rivalry with his younger brother, and new teammate, Caleb Jones, claiming the most “hockey” nickname that could be conceived for himself.

Seriously, that’s the best they can do?

Jeremy Colliton told reporters that he feels a little better this season than the last, with his team reaching the 100% vaccination level this week. But after having to place Kevin Lankinen and Mike Hardman on COVID protocol today, Colliton admitted there will still be some hurdles to overcome despite everyone being vaccinated this season.

On the injury side of things today, Collin Delia left practice earlier in the day. Still, Colliton said that he doesn’t foresee any significant issues, despite not being apprised of any updates this afternoon.

That’ll do it for today.

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