NHL News: Canucks get COVID scare, Stars still reeling, and latest transactions

It was never going to be easy this time around. First off, it was a league wide return. Secondly, and most importantly, this isn’t a bubble situation so we can expect more of it across the NHL.

Remember, even with Return-To-Play, before everyone got into their respective bubbles there were positive cases coming in. Auston Matthews likely being the biggest name out there to get it. Then the Tampa Bay Lightning had to shut down their training facilities followed by the St. Louis Blues as well.

So no one should be taken aback by the fact we’ve had several teams cancel practices and one needing to postpone the start of their season. You can expect more since no bubble is in place and players will have the ability to go home after home games.


NHL News: Canucks cancel Sunday practice, will be back today

The Canucks will reportedly be back on the ice today for practice after having to shutdown Sunday. This is very similar to the recent situations we’ve seen with Pittsburgh. Columbus and Los Angeles also had multiple players miss scrimmages only to be back on track the next day.

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Canucks home (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press via AP)

Dallas Stars still reeling from COVID-19

So far six players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 on the Dallas Stars. Reports coming out of Dallas indicates the team still won’t be able to take the ice for practice.

The Stars are scheduled to open their season six days after the NHL begins on January 13.

NHL Transactions

Defenseman Ben Hutton has signed a PTO with the Anaheim Ducks and the NJ Devils sign Jesper Bratt.