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

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. []
  • And, you know, probably this as well: