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Friday Habs Headlines: The General Manager details his team’s COVID-19 situation

In today’s links, Marc Bergevin addresses the positive COVID-19 test that has postponed all Habs games this week, Cole Caufield and others prepare for the Frozen Four, and continuing fallout from the Tim Peel situation.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Marc Bergevin confirmed that one player has tested positive for COVID-19, and the positive test is for a variant of interest. [Global News]
  • The general manager isn’t blaming anyone for the positive case, commending the protocols in place and the efforts of everyone involved to stay safe. [Sportsnet]
  • Bergevin does not expect the Habs to do much at the Trade Deadline, given the team’s salary cap situation. [TSN]
  • Bergevin also noted that the postponements stemmed from a fear of potential on-ice transmission. [The Athletic]
  • Will the Frozen Four represent a second championship for Cole Caufield this season? [La Presse]
  • Beyond Caufield, the Habs will also be represented by Jack Gorniak, Luke Tuch, Blake Biondi, and yes, Arvid Henrikson. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Alex Kovalev is this episode’s guest for The Alumni Lounge podcast. [The Alumni Lounge]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Game management is a factual reality. Will Tim Peel’s forced retirement have any impact on how NHL games are officiated? [TSN]
  • Peel is simply a scapegoat, writes Andrew Berkshire. [Berkshire Post (Substack)]
  • More on how Peel is far from an outlier, as well as the Buffalo Sabres’ remarkable losing streak. [The Athletic]
  • The Canadian federal government has reduced the mandatory quarantine period for NHLers entering Canada to join Canadian teams from 14 to seven days. [TSN]
  • What effect will the changes to Canada’s quarantine requirements have for the trade deadline? [TSN]
  • The Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL have released two players after a racial-taunting incident involving a Black teammate. [Seattle Times]
  • Rod Brind’Amour is taking a different approach this year when it comes to motivating his charges. [ESPN]