The Schedule is The Habs’ Worst Enemy

When the NHL rushed to announce a 56-game season on time for January 2021, with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and all of its variances, we knew that it would be a tight schedule. We knew that there was a strong possibility that teams could be affected by this terrible virus which has taken so many lives worldwide. While the NHL did allow for some time to make up some games, it never anticipated the extent of the number of games needing to be rescheduled. Mostly, the league didn’t think – or ignored – the impact it would have on its biggest assets: the players.

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Weber: Making The Best Of A Difficult Situation

COVID has made the situation around the NHL very difficult. An already tight schedule of 56 games starting last January was made even tighter when some teams had to postpone several games and shut down their entire operations for days or weeks at a time. The Vancouver Canucks have had to shut down for three weeks due to a Variance (Brazilian) making its way through the team and staff, as well as their family. Those teams’ schedule has now become a nightmare for players who simply don’t get the necessary rest in between games to recuperate as needed at the highest level of hockey in the world.

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Demystifying: Ducharme Is No Better Than Julien?

Habs’ fans and media are in a frenzy. Or rather, perhaps the word panic would be more appropriate. The team can’t find consistency and now, everyone should be fired and/or traded. At the very least, everyone should be sat. Top players are not NHL worthy. Coaches can’t coach. The GM, who was praised by his great work just weeks ago, should now be fired on the spot. Even the owner should fire himself! Yes folks, that’s how ridiculous it is to read couch analysts self-proclaimed as the most knowledgeable fans in the NHL. Hint: they’re not.

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Where Do Gustafsson and Merrill Fit In?

Trade Deadline is like Christmas for hockey fans and this year was not different. Multitudes of deals, with most of the players involved being pending UFAs going to Stanley Cup contenders, and a few pretenders. But fans were once again glued to their TV sets, computers or cell phone to follow what NHL Insiders had to say. No fan base hoped more for their General Manager to make moves than Habs’ fans. With their favourite team slumping, many were getting very grumpy, and borderline abrasive, particularly on social media. And it seems like only about half of them have changed optics after the 3:00 pm trade deadline hit.

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Cap Relief Due To Gallagher’s Injury Could Prompt Trade For Top-4 Defenseman

When the Canadiens were forced to be off for a week due to COVID protocol, we knew that the schedule for the rest of the season would be hectic. The Habs are playing on average every second day. At the NHL level, this is a huge deal and when fatigue kicks in, mental errors occur, risking costing the team some wins. But further, physical fatigue and less time to recuperate doesn’t allow the body the rest it needs to compete as such high level. Injuries come more easily and recovering from minor ones takes longer, while the risk of getting seriously hurt is more likely. Just a few days in, the Habs are starting to feel the effects already… and there are six more weeks of it in this unusual regular season.

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