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Dan’s Daily: First Team Requires Fans be Vaccinated, Panthers Ink Reinhart

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Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL free agents, Sam Reinhart

Well, this should be another fun day in the comments section. One NHL team has moved to require vaccination and proof of fans in attendance, and they did so based on the overwhelming response of…their fans. In a Swedish interview, Vancouver Canucks star Elias Pettersson inadvertently made waves and turned up the pressure on the Vancouver Canucks. And we looked at several NHL free agents who could be had on two-way deals or minimum contracts to help the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Some of the comments yesterday certainly were amusing. No, you will not get great options on a two-way deal, but you hope one fits.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Including two familiar faces, the five NHL free agents who might be had on a two-way deal or bargain contract to help those Pittsburgh Penguins

NHL News, National Hockey Now:

Sportsnet: There it is–the first NHL team to require fans to be vaccinated. The Winnipeg Jets made the move to require the poke and the proof. 

Vancouver: Elias Pettersson expects to re-sign with the Vancouver Canucks and expects them to be a winner, but when he verbalized that he wants to play a winner, the soon-to-be well-paid RFA turned up the heat in Vancouver. 

Florida: The Florida Panthers snagged Sam Reinhart from the Buffalo Sabres, and now the Panthers have locked up Reinhart for at least a few years. 

Boston: Our rowdy boys in Boston are questioning why the Boston Bruins chased low-rent UFAs but didn’t set aside money to chase an RFA…like Elias Pettersson. 

Philly: The first blockbuster NHL trade of the offseason was the Philadelphia Flyers acquiring Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators. Our beat in Philly, Ryan “hold the wiz” Gilbert says after free agency, that deal is looking better…and better for the Flyers. 

Washington: The Washington Capitals signed Subban! That’s Jordan Subban to an AHL deal. 

Detroit: Red Wings prospect Lucas Raymond is an odds-on betting favorite to win the Calder Trophy this season. 

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Cam & Strick Podcast: Last week, the podcast made big Pittsburgh news when Beau Bennett started telling old stories. This week, they’ll make news because Robin Lehner politely but assuredly ripped the Buffalo Sabres medical staff. 

And…Jennifer Anniston was recently getting grief for her pro-vaccine stance (we’re in that bizarro world, aren’t we?). This is why you can’t say–well if you’re vaccinated, why does it matter if I am? I’ve answered the question more than a few times, and I liked her answer. More and more businesses and schools are going to require it as Delta surges. The FDA will give its final approval to the vaxes in a few weeks, too.