The NHL has officially announced the pause. There’s been whispers and sources chirping about this all day so it comes as no shock that the NHL has made the official announcement tonight. Most games were already postponed anyway, the COVID protocol list was towering – it was the next step. Of tomorrow’s 10 scheduled games only 2 were not postponed and they’ll be played before the break goes into effect.
After what a wreck this week turned into for the league, I’m not shocked by this. It was bound to happen sooner or later, at least now it’ll just overlap a break that was already there. What’s going to suck is this has a chance of working the opposite to what the NHL wants.
People are still going to disregard this and go see their families or friends for the holiday. They’re not going to isolate themselves, that’s why everything shutting down didn’t work well before. There are going to be people who aren’t going to listen and potentially get COVID, then we’re back to square one. At least this gives guys who have already tested positive and are sick some time to heal without having to worry about work. Plus with 99% of NHL players being vaccinated, their chances of ending up hospitalized are slim. Even Bo Horvat noted that:
I knew it was going to happen at some point and I have no idea if it’s going to work. It’s been nearly 2 years of this pandemic and no one seems to know what works anymore. I feel like the entire world is just burned out and no one knows what to do. This is coming on the heels of the almost certainty that NHL players aren’t going to the Olympics, which I talked about yesterday.
Either way, that’s what’s happening now with the NHL and who the hell knows where this is going to go. There are 2 more games tomorrow – Philly vs Washington then Tampa vs Vegas before we go a while without new games.
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