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Hot Links: Friday, December 11

The #T25U25 hits the home stretch with Evan Bouchard at #3, and #2 releasing later today. PLUS: A Bouchard interview, Savoie’s early impact, Nygard coming around, re-alignment not done, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

It’s Friday and, like Rebecca Black, I’m looking forward to it. Even if I’ve been un/fortunate enough to be living in a perpetual weekend for months.

That’s my time for this morning (love Fridays) but before I leave you to your own devices, take a look at this:


I mean, I’m sure it’s not that big a deal in the end, but the NHL really does need to cross these T’s and dot these I’s ASAP if they want to get this thing up and running in a calendar month.

This does seem relatively minor, though, and it should be worked out in relatively short order.

Predictably, there was a good degree of “WTF?!” in the comments here about the NHL and its players being any sort of priority ahead of front-line workers or vulnerable populations, to which Shannon clarified:

That’s better, I think, but there’s a wider discussion here that I’m not qualified to have, or lead. In a just world, I think, the most vulnerable groups would receive the vaccine first, working backwards to the least vulnerable, of which I would count the majority of NHL players.

But that’s all IMO. I’m also of the opinion that it’s generally irresponsible for a professional sports league — that does involve hospitalizing injuries from time to time — to play at all when critical care resources are stretched thin and/or burnt out.

The 2020 Copper & Blue Top 25 Under 25: #3 Evan Bouchard (Copper and Blue)

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Savoie’s Early Impact In Denver (Oilers Rig)

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