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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