NHL on Pause, Good Guy Dylan Larkin, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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NHL on Pause, Good Guy Dylan Larkin, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The NHL season is going on a pause starting tomorrow and will run through the Christmas holiday break. With the current COVID outbreak in the league, too may players, coaches, and staff members had landed in the league’s COVID protocol and too many teams were getting shut down, even for a case-by-case approach. The NHL hopes to resume league activities on December 27.

•   No one wants this. This all sucks. But if they league is trying to curb COVID cases, it’s the right measure to take.

•   How the league comes back from the pause will be interesting to monitor. With players heading home for the now extended holiday break, the hope is that they follow the recommendations of the league while with friends and families this week.

•   This will effectively end the NHL’s opportunity to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics. But as Frank Seravalli questions, maybe the 2022 Winter Olympics go the same route as the 2020 Summer Olympics, and gets pushed back a year?

•   Again, it really, really sucks for us as hockey fans to miss a chance to see the best Men’s players in the world competing in the biggest international tournament there is. But the league is about making money, especially now after losing so much recently, and the Olympics makes the NHL no money.

•   The pause puts the Blackhawks out three home games in the month of December that will need to be rescheduled, and that might not be the end of it, even if the NHL hopes things can resume as normal on the 27th.

•   If you did have plans to go to the game on Thursday, hopefully this can help:

•   Have I mentioned how much this sucks? Ok, just so we are clear.

•   It’s not just the NHL going through this either, obviously. The AHL has had numerous teams shut down due to COVID issues, and now the red-hot Chicago Wolves and their 12-game winning streak, might be put on hold as well…

•   At least there is some good coming from teams being shut down, like the Vancouver Canucks.

•   Also doing some good, Red Wings Captain Dylan Larkin…

•   Classy.

•   Yesterday was the first meeting of settlement talks between the Blackhawks and the representatives of “John Doe 2” in the sexual assault case involving a Michigan high school student and former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich. It appears there was no settlement reached after day one.

•   Chicago reached a settlement with former player Kyle Beach in one sitting, so we will see what happens in the case of :John Doe 2.”

•   The Arizona Coyotes will not be homeless!

•   What a low-bar to reach.

•   The World Junior Championships are still on as of this moment, but pre-tournament warmup games (you remember, the warmup games where Kirby Dach broke his wrist last year) had to be modified. Here is the new pre-tournament schedule, with group round games beginning on December 26.

•   The Blackhawks have four prospects playing at this year’s tournament: Michael Krutil (Czech), Drew Commesso (USA), Wyatt Kaiser (USA), and Landon Slaggert (USA). In the Slaggert household, we learned from Dad and Notre Dame Head Coach Andy Slaggert, that he and his sons (Graham, Landon, and Carter) hold a 2v2 game every year.

•   Hopefully that’s a good story to end on when things seem so depressing.

•   That will do it for today. Go enjoy your Tuesday!

•   Don’t forget, if you’re looking for your hockey-fix tonight, the IceHogs take on the Admirals in AHL action.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.