NHL News: Corey Crawford leaves Devils, Stars season delayed due to COVID-19 cases to six players, Henrik Lundqvist has successful heart surgery

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The Dallas Stars season postponed (NHLI)

The NHL and fans alike were all holding their breath that they could get to open the regular season without a hitch. Today, the Dallas Stars cancelled practice and now we are learning that their season will be delayed.

NHL News: Dallas Stars have COVID-19 outbreak

The Dallas Stars are rescheduling their games with the NHL as they are forced to shut down due to six players and two staffers testing positive for COVID-19.

They will still play 56 games but condensed into a 110 days. Due to protocols they will not be able to start their season until January 19.

NHL STATEMENT:

“Those individuals are self-isolating and following CDC and League protocols. As a result of the positive tests, and as an appropriate precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for several days while further daily testing and contact tracing is conducted. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Stars’ regular season schedule with the expectation that the team will not open its 2020-21 season earlier than Tuesday, January 19.”

Devils lose Corey Crawford

Newly signed goaltender Corey Crawford has taken an indefinite leave of absence according to the New Jersey Devils. The 36 year-old inked a two-year deal this offseason after an unwanted end with the Blackhawks.

“Obviously, no one knows himself better than he does,” Travis Zajac said. “So obviously we want him to be part of this team, but I think going forward, he’s got to make that decision. I think he can take all the time he needs. We want him here.”

Henrik Lundqvist has successful heart surgery

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Henrik Lundqvist (ctsy: Johan Rylander)

Henrik Lundqvist posted a message about his heart surgery along with a drawing from his daughter to update fans about his condition.

“Surgery went really well,” he said. “About 5 hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Clevland Clinic. Last few days has been pretty crazy but feel like I’m in really good hands. Every day is a step in the right direction.”

Great news after Lundqvist had to opt out of playing this season. Speedy recovery.