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Sunday Habs Headlines: All injuries to be kept secret during post-season play

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In today’s links, efforts to keep coronavirus cases anonymous mean less transparency on injuries, Karl Alzner and several other players opt out, and why the CBA extension came about so easily.

NHL: DEC 01 Canadiens at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • If you missed the news last night, Karl Alzner has opted out of the qualification round. [EOTP]
  • No team will be permitted to reveal injury information during the playoffs as part of the effort to keep identities of positive coronavirus cases private:
  • With Phase 2 coming to a close, these were the best moments from the Habs’ practices:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Just before representatives of the hub cities, Toronto and Edmonton, were about to hold a press conference, the availability was cancelled. It seems there are a few details still to be ironed out with the Government of Canada. [TSN]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins depth defender Zach Trotman has also opted out of Phases 3 and 4. [PensBurgh]
  • The list of players deciding not to participate is growing with the deadline to do so approaching on Monday. [TSN]
  • Steven Stamkos’s recent history of injuries has bitten him once more in prepping for the playoffs. [TSN]
  • The NHL and NHLPA shared a “common spirit,” and that’s why the CBA negotiations went so smoothly. [NHL.com]
  • And, you know, probably this as well: