Can NHL manage Covid outbreak?
The worst fear the NHL had prior to the season starting has been a belief among their team of medical advisers and consultants that team to team transmission from the benches being a much higher probability for NHL players than the rarity it’s been for football, basketball.
Airborne transmission is a high concern in hockey arenas and the NHL is seeing some early evidence of it being problematic in the latest spread among multiple teams. That will have the NHL making immediate changes to their covid protocols such as installing portable air cleaners behind the benches to try to help decrease the chance of airborne transmission. As expected, the league is going to be forced to adjust covid protocols on a week to week basis.
The ability to make bench changes in trying to space players out better like the NBA can isn’t an option for the NHL.
— Defenseman John Marino was officially added to the covid-protocol list on Wednesday. The Penguins were off on Wednesday and practice today.
5 vs 5 Goals
Brandon Tanev – 3
Jason Zucker – 3
Jake Guentzel – 2
Kasperi Kapanen – 2
Colton Sceviour – 2
Bryan Rust – 2
Mark Jankowski – 1
Evan Rodrigues – 1
Teddy Blueger – 1
Cody Ceci – 1
Jared McCann – 1
Marcus Pettersson – 1
Sidney Crosby – 0
Evgeni Malkin – 0
— Through 10 games Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have combined for zero goals during 5 vs 5 play. Again the Penguins are extremely fortunate not to be 3-7 or 3-6-1 through 10 games. Crosby having no 5 vs 5 goals deserves some criticism his way but Crosby’s performance through 10 games is night and day compared to Evgeni Malkin who has shown so little flashes. There’s no reason to be concerned with Crosby. He is still having a great impact without lighting up the scoreboard.
Rising Star Assistant GM’s have stayed away from Pens opening
A GM search at this time of the year will have a number of twists and turns and the Penguins search has lived up to that.
Within 24-48 hours of the Penguins opening, word had already gotten out that the job was not looked at as a favorable one from some of the rising star top assistant GM candidates. That’s lived up to the billing as Habs AGM Scott Mellanby who was going to get a serious look dropped out quickly and then Rangers AGM Chris Drury informing the Penguins Wednesday morning he was also dropping out of the mix when an interview was scheduled to place on Thursday afternoon between the two.
There is serious disappointment in the Penguins organization on Drury. The Penguins made it no secret in putting it out there that Drury was going to be a top 1-2 candidate for the job and the pursuit of him was a bit of a roller coaster.
The Penguins last Friday got intel that permission was unlikely to be granted by the Rangers. Then the team received word late Sunday the Rangers were going to accommodate their request and the Penguins were told by those close to the situation that Drury was intrigued and interested in interviewing. Something, though, changed 48 hours later as Drury via email informed To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
The Penguins went into this search viewing in this order — Chris Drury, Scott Mellanby and Avalanche GM Chris MacFarland as the three rising stars among assistant General Managers they wanted to take serious looks at.—-
Of the three, MacFarland is the only one that hasn’t pulled himself out of consideration yet, and indications from the start of the search is that MacFarland was one of those that didn’t see the job as a great one and would more To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— Broadcaster Kevin Weekes interviewed with David Morehouse on Wednesday and Weekes has a reputation among executives as being a very good interviewer. Still, this job is viewed by some as a tough undertaking for someone like Weekes with no managerial experience.
— One rumor flying around the last day — Former Pens coach To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! has privately expressed significant interest in being considered for a prominent front office role to Penguins’ To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
— Seattle was not expected to prevent permission from the Penguins interviewing Jason Botterill, but word is whether they would or not grant permission at the appropriate time frame of the Penguins search being pretty much a moot point as Jason Botterill has made it known to [hide] those running the Penguins search that he’s happy where he is. [/hide]
One consistent theme on the Botterill front for the last week:
Botterill who has a four year contract with Seattle, [hide] has not been keen on pursuing the Penguins job since the start of the search and has told those close to him he would have no interest in going through the interview process, despite others close to him wanting him to go for it. Rival executives had continued to wonder if Botterill would eventually emerge late after the dust settles, but right now Botterill is not a candidate as TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported today and doesn’t look like he will be at any point.[/hide]
— There’s lots of names still flying around, but a new one to emerge not among the usual suspects out there is former Penguins defenseman To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
The more comfortable Kapanen gets the more I like his game. His speed is ridiculous.
Actually thought the team played very well despite the loss. Still some boneheadedness, especially from Letang, but I liked the structure, grit, and speed.
I feel like the Penguins lead the league in delay of game penalties from shooting the puck over the glass. Happens every game.
That was terrible.
Id be fine with trading every goalie and defenseman other than POJ for a couple picks and cap space to weaponize.
Return of ZAR might be too much for me to stomach.
They can’t play any worse lol
Just because she wanted to impeach Biden they got rid of her is this Democracy for DemocRats/Liberals bunch of hypocrites.
Proud Boys in canada are now labeled as Terrorist Group thanks to Justin Trudeau
yet Antifa and BLM are still considered human rights groups so its okay to loot or Burn down Cities typical clown Beta male Trudeau is thanksto Zerotool for voting in frauds like this
Nobody watches your dumb fucking videos and you aren’t even american, regardless of how bad you wish you were.
As long as you are a democRAT You are not American either fatso
I’m not a Democrat. I just don’t like the mobile view getting messed up because of some stupid video you post about a country you have nothing to do with (thank God) that no one will watch.
Letang is a terrorist group. He is the leader of the Not So Secret Turnover Society.
Hey ZeroTool I heard your Idol Greta thunberg been exposed in India. Ahahahaa
I heard Ottawa snapped their 9 game losing streak against Montreal with Fraud Murray in goal against over paid Price. Lol
You should be happy for your Fraud murray. 4.4 GAA. Apparently his magic number works in other teams too.
Apparently old Goalie Fleury is doing better than murray, desmith and jarry combined.
Once again same was right once fleury gone team will miss him and will have hard time ti find a good goalie. I guess you and the rest of bandwagon fans have a magic Tree that can have good goalies everytime.
I was never a true believer in MM, never said I was. So, as usual, you twist words to create your own agenda. As for MAF, he costed the Pens more playoff wins with his terrible playoff performances. They should have traded him yrs ago and got something for him, like a goalie without mental shortcomings come playoff time. He even admitted to it! But you, in all your blind Canadian allegiance and in your true troll form, will never admit that both he and Letang were and are a detriment to the Penguins. Just like you will never admit… Read more »
Good news finally Marino returns to practice today after cleared covid measures. Kris .Letang returned to practice yesterday and Matheson is also back t practice so some we should have more hands on deck for this weekend.
I hope they keep Yannick Weber in the line up he has been pretty solid getting used to new team and system..
Letang being back is not good news.
well at this point he is with all the injuries…
Leturnover will be back on Sat, Matheson and ZAR are also a possibility.
Weber – Matheson
Just imagine if we can acquire 22 year ola Mete from Montreal OR 24 year old Vince Dunn then get Dumoulin Marino back
letang / Dumo
Mete or Dunn / Weber
rikola ready to step in
then Mathson/Ceci/Rudwhedel can be in the press box forever
We can trade Marcus Pettersson for a third line center…..
Winnipeg for Matthew Perreault 3 assist last night…..salaries identical
Just imagine if they could get rid of Letang!
Can we throw in tbj233 in the deal?
Rudwhede is nasty. So Vince Dunn from the hockeybuzz rumor is the 2021 Scandella?
Montreal lost to Ottawa… hahaaa!
Murray finally stood tall…good for him he did help us win two cups…
Funny how they had the chance to get decent Gms and kept GMJR so long that now all they have is garbage candidates. Call back Craig Patrick or Jacques Martin at this point lol
They kept JR too long but they also hog tied him on trades so there was not much any gm could have done. There is dead weight that must go but the “GM” will not be allowed to do so so what is the point.
Just admit the truth and stop lying to the fans, no one wants the job bc they will just be a glorified monkey and scape goat for the mess the brass will not allow the GM to clean up. This shitt pissed me off!! Take responsibility for your actions. If I was Sid I would leave.
Carramrod……It is a great job for a terrific organization. You are right though hands are tied by ownership when its comes to Malkin & Letang and full autonomy with decisions..
If your hands are tied then it’s not a great job.
I agree for most part.. they are just tied with the ownership unwilling to move two certain players..
# 71 # 58
That is a massive knot.
Agreed and I’m afraid the only the expiration of their contracts will solve this…
That is what JR said. That is why he quit.
No one wants to be a micro managed GM!! You can thank Mario and Co. for this mess!! It’s not about hiring your friends and making sure your aging players are retired in a Pens uniform. It’s about putting the best possible product on the ice so you can win!
This is only going to get worse. This is a Jerry Jones situation where the owners think they are the GM’s, scouts and coaches.
that I TOTALLY AGREE WITH….