Morning Free Association: Temporary NHL Shutdown

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With COVID kicking the collective butts of many NHL teams, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to start the holiday break early effective tonight. No games were scheduled on Wednesday night but 5 remaining games for Thursday night are now postponed. All team activities are suspended through December 26th, including team travel. The NHL schedule will resume on December 27th.

With the NHL and individual teams having to reschedule approximately 5467 games in March and maybe April, this begs the question: Will the NHL allow their players to compete in the Olympics? The Olympic break is about 3 weeks long in February on the tail end of the ASG. While it would be a nightmare for arena schedulers, the NHL could use that time to reschedule some of these missed games. So far, the NHL and NHLPA have not come to a decision yet on the Olympics but that one will be made in the coming days.

My guess is that the NHL will not be returning to the Olympics this year.

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The London Bear
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Ugh, Zboril is out for the rest of the season. Torn ACL

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Urgh. Forgot to bring the recycling down to the curb last night. I had to take care of it this morning. We’re supposed to have trash & recycling ready for pick-up at 7 AM. For trash, that means 1PM in my neighborhood, but recycling really is at 7 AM. Which sucks – I start my work day at 9, and plan my day accordingly.
I wasn’t really awake – had to get up & dressed for winter and run that stuff out there. I got back in the house by 7:06, and heard the truck pick it up at 7:13. Man, thanks, city. It’s one thing making your own employees & contractors start work at 6AM, but making the rest of us suffer is a special kind of petty.

The London Bear
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Everyone round here puts theirs out the night before. I guess wildlife in you area makes that impracticable?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I used to wake to the sound of trash guy backing into neighbor’s drive, scream “oh shit!” and try to beat.dude to the pickup spot! :-D. The boys show about the crack o noon.in monrovia

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Morning all. Not sure why the Ghostbusters song was in my dream last night but now it’s stuck in my head.
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Perhaps there is a part of your subconscious that *is* afraid of no ghosts!

The London Bear
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Mornin all.

Yeah, unfortunately I’d be very surprised to see NHL players at the Olympics. In fact, would it be a huge surprise if the Olympics were postponed, given the way things are going?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Some NHL players have already voiced their opposition to the Olympics. Players are already dealing with enough Covid protocol everyday. I imagine a little break in the season would be better than adding more stress.

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Yeah, it’s pretty hard to justify continued play right now. The thing is, the NHL “break” is really only about 5 or 6 days, and it’s around Christmas, which was already a day off. They really are doing the bare minimum.

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The PHF cancelled Boston’s games last weekend as well. I guess a member of the Pride tested positive. Unfortunately I didn’t hear until I started looking for the stream. As long as the cases are mild, it’s not so bad – I’m not really worried about someone losing their sports career (or worse) right now. You certainly wouldn’t want them to unknowingly spread the disease to unprotected family members or spectators who could get a serious case of the illness.

A well-known local journalist, who shall remain nameless, spouted the ‘if it’s not gonna kill them, just play through it’ nonsense on social media this weekend. I had a blistering response in the works but deleted it and went off to do something else rather than feed into his shameless click-baiting bullshit.
s/ Yes, please ask players to help spread a deadly disease to their families, fans, coaches, trainers & stadium workers – how could that go wrong if the players themselves are healthy & partially protected by vaccines? /s
I just can’t deal with this kind of moron any more.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good morning,
I’m not exactly shocked at the shut down. I wouldn’t be surprised if the league decoded to go for 70 games. The players may nix the Olympics themselves over travel and quarantine concerns. It doesn’t sound like a good idea to go.
How about replacing the ASG with a three game mini series – Europe vs North America? And skip the Olympics.
Caught a show on the BBC cooking channel last night – Rick Stein….something blues and food. From about 2011, he was cruising around the Mississippi Delta, eating local food and talking blues music…. great stuff!

The London Bear
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I like Rick Stein stuff. He has a good series travelling round France.

We were booked to stay a few days in Padstow – the small coastal town where he lives (and owns most of). But that was going to be in May 2020, so obviously that didnt happen.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I’ll be watching more of his show. I have a Putumayo CD of acoustic blues around the world and France is well represented! I will have to research the title, but very good (Putumayo don’t mess around) and a refreshing departure from standard blues.