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Dan’s Daily: No Canada, ALL NHL Teams to U.S.? Warm NHL Trade Talk



NHL trade, Marc-Andre Fleury, Canada

If you are mad at Pennsylvania officials for shuttering restaurants and small businesses with only tangential evidence, just imagine our Canadian friends who were hit last night by the revelation that the NHL may have to move the Canadian teams to the U.S. to play the 2020-21 season because of restrictive rules imposed by the provincial health ministries. Also, in the daily reads, the Pittsburgh Penguins may not be suited for the coming season, Anthony Duclair signed, and more NHL trade rumors.

Some NHL trade speculation: The big news on Thursday, at least until the Canadian news broke, was goalie Henrik Lundqvist will miss the entire 2020-21 NHL season due to a heart condition (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

And here’s the speculation…but it makes sense. Carl Hagelin for Marc-Andre Fleury? Washington needs a goalie. A mentor would be helpful for young Ilya Samsonov. Vegas has a goalie they’d like to trade. Marc-Andre Fleury with the Washington Capitals?? (Vegas Hockey Now)

No Canada?

That’s my headline. I called it. All seven Canadian teams may be forced to the U.S. because of Canadian COVID restrictions. Here’s the full story from the TSN Insiders who broke the news (TSN)

A high-level source expressed confidence the NHL will figure it out, but it’s touchy (Boston Hockey Now)

However, when we get an NHL season, it will be compressed, and each game will be more important than previous regular seasons. The Penguins schedule may also be a baseball like series-style schedule. How will that affect the Penguins? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks’ trouble with northern California isn’t getting easier. The San Francisco 49ers will have to move their Jan. 3 game. That doesn’t bode well for the Sharks (San Jose Hockey Now)

There are a lot of fans disappointed today. Anthony Duclair picked a team, and the 20-goal scorer will make an affordable $1.7 million (Florida Hockey Now)

More NHL Trade Rumors and UFA chatter:

Mike Hoffman to the Boston Bruins? Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun asks–what’s taking so long?? (Ottawa Sun)

Patrik Laine to the Philadelphia Flyers?? (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Fleury in Washington. Wow, that would rock a few Penguins fans.

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Cal Reid
Cal Reid
1 year ago

I’m a fan of going to the series type of schedule. Even after Covid (fingers crossed). It seems to make way more sense financially, competitively, and dramatically. The intensity level can get really ramped up playing the same team back to back on the 2nd or 3rd game.

1 year ago

Im less interested in the NHL this year. Taking Canada out of Canada’s Sport just seems like 1 step to far. I get Covid is being taking more seriously here in Canada then USA That said i dont see how we choose to not find a solution This seems more like what Bettmans been dreaming of since day 1. At this point Canada needs to start its own league or contact KHL about having a Canadian Conference with the hopes it with catch on and become a North American Conference. KHL is taking full advantage of the Pandemic growing its… Read more »

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