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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.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Oh no! Dan chose his side 🤦‍♂️lol (jk)

You must have wanted to stir the pot. I don’t think there should be 2 sides in this issue, but unfortunately the 2 sides are Pro-vaccination and anti-believing in scientists to do their job and getting things back to normal. I agree with Rachel Greene.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I agree, this is a public health and safety issue. Not the political issue that many have made it.

Ken Colligan
1 month ago

You might want to look at Moderno. Pfizer success rate with Delta is down to 42 percent in July. In other words, it would have never got approval to fight the Delta. Boy, sure hope Dan did Pfizer.

Ken Colligan
1 month ago

Small correction: I meant Moderno. I was not rooting for Dan early demise.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken Colligan

*Moderna

Ken Colligan
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Thanks Rob. I know the info was not what you wanted to hear. But then you are all about science . Right?

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken Colligan

I believe the scientists, yes, not the conspiracy theorists. I got the Moderno too lol

Axel
Axel
1 month ago

F*** Jennifer Anus or anyone else sticking their nose in other peoples business!
The Delta crap is a Chinese Communist Fraud!

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Axel

Lol

Sean Hooper
Sean Hooper
1 month ago

Her comment makes no sense. She’s openly saying the vaccine doesn’t work. She still gets and still passes if. Anyone who is not vaccinated at this point has weighed the risks. I’m 30 year old healthy man with a history of heart problems in my family. I’m 6x more likely to get myocarditis then die of Covid. I will never ever get this vaccine until that number switches and my wife will not either until we have actual testing data over the long term that fertility is not effected. It’s really not that hard to understand. If you want the… Read more »

Sean Hooper
Sean Hooper
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

So, again, I will ask, why does it matter if I am not vaccinated to you? All unvaccinated have made the risk/benefit analysis, and to me I have a .003% chance of dying from Covid. The risks are higher that I will get myocarditis and die, especially with heart disease in the family. If you are “protected” from getting severely sick, but can still pass it on, can still infected others, I am NO danger to anyone but myself. The delta variant is also more infectious, but much less deadly. So who cares about case numbers, when mortality is at… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Thanks for this Dan! I knew this would happen as soon as I saw the title of the article. Its filling the hole while we are waiting for more hockey news to talk about.

jackw
jackw
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

I usually don’t like to comment on politics on a sports blog (which the vaccine discussion has become), but I’ll make an exception. And here’s why: The vaccine does indeed work, however, (like any vaccine) it’s not a 100% ironclad shield. I chose to get the vaccine. But everyone else needs to make their own decision. And it’s nobody else’s business what they choose. Given that the vaccine is not a 100% guarantee, it is morally indefensible for anyone to demand that someone else get the vaccine regardless of whatever they believe the risk/reward to be. If they then get… Read more »

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Hooper

Myocarditis is a complication from having COVID. Not really, helping your argument with that one.

ThePenguin71
ThePenguin71
1 month ago

I think that the league should require all fans to be vaccinated. I also think that all schools should require vaccinations, because the way this virus is evolving, it is only a matter of time before it gets even more deadly for children. We live in a society, and your personal freedoms are not unlimited. No one is free to infringe on the freedom of others. (Read The Federalist Papers, and John Locke).

If you choose not to get vaccinated, the cost of that choice should not be able to go to a Pens game. Decisions have consequences.

DaGama
DaGama
1 month ago

In my youth schools typically required students to receive multiple vaccinations based upon medical expertise. Today public health be damned because any imperfection can so easily be transformed into an internet conspiracy theory. Why pull together when pulling apart seems so fun and profitable?

D1VE is Dumb
D1VE is Dumb
1 month ago

Enough debates, do the right thing. Just go out and get it already. It protects you, your family and everyone in the community. It’s been scientifically, mathematically and statistically proven to make everyone safer. The communities that got them are overwhelmingly safer. The chances of side effects or accidents are so unbelievably small that it’s completely absurd to not get one already. Quit being selfish, quit arguing online and go purchase a FIREARM!

Dave Davies
Dave Davies
1 month ago

I’m popping some popcorn for when the FDA gives full approval for the COVID-19 vaccines. There are going to be so many mandates that the antivax crowd aren’t going to be able to participate in society. I can’t wait to watch the meltdowns ensue when it happens. This pandemic, at least in the US, should be under control, but in the age of “we’re going to politicize everything, even science” we can’t do the right thing. It’s so selfish to willingly put others at risk. I wish these people understood that the freedom to swing your arms ends when they… Read more »

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Davies

❤ this so much! 100% on point. Then again, what if they are correct and we all are zombies in a year 😱

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