NHL News: Golden Knights test positive for COVID-19, Jake DeBrusk signs, and more
In terms of NHL offseasons, this has been one of the busiest in ages. From trades and signings, to hires and CBA issues there’s been a lot to cover. While the league and the NHLPA try and reach an agreement before the end of the month, let’s check the latest news.
NHL News: 4 Golden Knights test positive for COVID-19
TSN’s Frank Seravalli is reporting that at least 4 players have tested positive for COVID-19. The belief is that the number is more and includes some of the players family members.
“Adding context: should be noted that at minimum four VGK players have confirmed cases,” he tweeted. “Sources indicate the number may be higher; team confirmed only four positive tests today. In addition, sources say multiple family members of VGK players have also tested positive.”
We wish them all a speedy recovery.
Bruins sign Jake DeBrusk
The Bruins signed their key RFA with a two-year bridge deal. Jake DeBrusk new contract comes with an AAV of $3.675 million. The 24 year-old picked up 35 points in 65 games last season and expectations are high for his future.
“I do believe Jake has chance to have more of a breakout impact, in a two-way fashion of the game as opposed to just scoring big goals,” GM Don Sweeney said. “He’s capable of scoring the big goal. He’s capable of impacting a game in a lot of different ways.”
Chicago Blackhawks hire Kendall Coyne Schofield
The Blackhawks have hired Women’s Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield in the role of player development coach. They also hired Erik Condra and Juan Gonzalez for their AHL affiliate.
“Adding talented people with diverse and multi-faceted backgrounds like Kendall, Erik and Juan enhances our operations as we assess the changing landscape of hockey at all levels and continue to build and maintain a system of elite hockey,” GM Stan Bowman per official team release.