NHL News: Season Opt-Out deadline today; 12 players remain unvaccinated; and preseason action

Blackwood not vaccinated
May 4, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a glove save in front of Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Today is the deadline for a player to opt-out of the 2021-22 NHL Season. Any player opting out will need to do so in writing by 5:00 PM ET.

Per the league’s COVID protocol policy:

A Player subject to an SPC that includes the 2021-22 Season who (i) is Unvaccinated; or (ii) is Fully Vaccinated but can establish that an immediate family member (i.e., spouse, partner or child) with whom he shares a household is at substantially heightened risk of severe illness by contracting COVID-19 shall be entitled to opt out of play in the 2021-22 Season by notifying his Club of his intention to do so (with a copy to the NHL and the NHLPA pursuant to CBA Exhibit 3) by no later than October 1, 2021. Written notice from a Player of his decision to opt out of the 2021-22 Season is irrevocable and may only be given within the window provided herein.

A player who opts out will not be paid. One possible player who may opt-out is Travis Hamonic of the Vancouver Canucks.

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NHL News: 12 Players remain unvaccinated

According to Chris Johnston there are 12 players who remain unvaccinated. Tyler Bertuzzi in Detroit, MacKenzie Blackwood in NJ, and Josh Archibald in Edmonton are the more high profile names on a small list. Some of the current unvaccinated players were late to get their second dose but will be cleared by opening night.

“Well it might even tip 99 per cent by opening night because at this point in time, there are just 12 players left that are considered unvaccinated,” Johnston said. “But that includes players like William Nylander, who was a little late to get his first shot. He actually received his second dose this week. You don’t clear out that list until two weeks after the second dose and so by the time we get to opening night it should be into single digits in terms of the number of NHL players that don’t have the vaccine.”

Zac Rinaldo who declined the vaccine was sent to the minor leagues by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

NHL Scores

There were six exhibition games played last night in the NHL. Here are the results:

  • Predators 6 vs Lightning 2 (Filip Forsberg scored twice for Nashville)
  • Bruins 4 vs Flyers 2 (Joel Farabee scored twice for Philly)
  • Red Wings 6 vs Sabres 2 (Robby Fabbri scored twice for Detroit)
  • Avalanche 6 vs Wild 4 (game featured 66 minutes in penalties)
  • Sharks 3 vs Ducks 1
  • Kings 3 vs Golden Knights 1