NHL News: Rod Brind’Amour and Hurricanes nearing a three year extension, and league eases COVID restrictions

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Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind' Amour fined (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Rod Brind’Amour and the Carolina Hurricanes are said to be closing in on an extension. According to Elliotte Friedman the deal would be in the neighborhood of $1.8 million per season for three years.

Brind’Amour and Hurricanes nearing extension

The Carolina Hurricanes clinched first place in the Central Division and aiming to finish with the most points in the league. Now it appears his reward will be a new deal that will keep him in Carolina for the next three seasons.

Last week on Saturday Headlines, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman gave this update:

“I understand that one of the biggest issues there is that Brind’Amour has asked that as much as he wants himself to get a contract extension, he also wants extensions for his coaching staff, the training staff and the equipment staff, which also are not signed for next year,” said Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “And he said as much as a priority as his contract is, that is also an enormous priority for [Brind’Amour]. So what he is telling the organization is that he wants a situation where they are taken care of as well.”

It is possible some of these other details are being worked out, but expect the deal to be announced soon.

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Canes GM sees agreement soon (NHLI)

NHL easing COVID restrictions

As a majority of NHL players and staff have become vaccinated the NHL will be easing COVID restrictions. Here’s a brief summary of what fully vaccinated NHL players and staff can expect:

  • Can now social gather in groups of 8, including friends and family
  • Mask not required in non-public areas
  • Team meetings without facial coverings
  • No need for PCR tests on game days
  • No hotel room restrictions for vaccinated individuals
  • Can now eat on flights and bus trips
  • Can now dine indoors
  • Can now golf in groups

Check out TSN for full details.