NHL news: Ryan O’Reilly next Blues captain, fans in stands, and GM’s get to work

The St. Louis Blues lost their captain Alex Pietrangelo to the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason. Fortunately they have a perfect replacement.

NHL News: Blues set to name Ryan O’Reilly next captain

St. Louis beat writer, Jeremy Rutherford reported yesterday that Ryan O’Reilly will be named the 23rd captain of the Blues. “He will make a great captain,” Pietrangelo told Rutherford. “Good luck to him, no doubt he is the right choice.”

O’Reilly was acquired from the Sabres back in 2018 and helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup in his first season. He was a force during that run with 23 points in 26 games and being named the Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoff MVP.

Fans at NHL games from puck drop

Some teams announced they will allow fan attendance to start the season. While the majority of teams will not be able to due to local restrictions, fans in these cities can attend games.

Starting on day one, the Arizona Coyotes, Florida Panthers, and Dallas Stars will have limited fans in the arena. Other teams are working on seeing if they can have fans in attendance but those are the three confirmed.

GM’s get to work

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Jim Rutherford believes trades will be difficult during pandemic (Getty Images)

NHL GM’s are wasting no time now that they know the parameters and particulars of this season. Yesterday there were a handful of moves and a lot of buzz that more are coming.

 Arizona CoyotesDrake Caggiula, RW – Signed as Free Agent One-year contract
 Ottawa SenatorsZachary Magwood, C – Traded for Michael Carcone
 Nashville PredatorsMichael Carcone, LW – Traded for Zach Magwood
12/21/20 NHL Transactions via TSN.com