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Hot Links: Friday, December 18

NHL’s All-Canadian division might be played in... the USA?! PLUS: changes coming to the WHL, helmet ads, and a bit of Oilers stuff, too, I guess...

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Morning, folks!

I know it’s become typical of the Friday links lately for me to just shut the hell up and let you enjoy your weekends, but we’ve got some things to discuss. Briefly. Promise.

First, this from TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

I don’t love the framing here, myself. It puts the provincial health authorities in some kind of adversarial position, as though they are in some way gatekeepers of fun and entertainment rather than stewards of public safety. Maybe it’s just me, but something about the PHWA president’s tweet just irks me.

That we’re less than a calendar month from the NHL’s proposed — and apparently, still targeted — start date is just so typical NHL.. The league just never seems get ahead of things like this.

This broke yesterday, too, from maybe the best goaltender of our generation:

More than anything, you hope Henrik Lundqvist is OK. He’s been a great player and great ambassador for the game for going on two decades.

Have a great weekend.

Could Canadian NHL Teams Be Required To Play 2021 In The USA? (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Thursday, December 17 (Copper and Blue)

Dragging The Line (Lowetide)

Where Would NHL Relocate Its Canadian Clubs If They Had To Play In The U.S.? (Sportsnet)

Oilers 12 Days Of Hockeymas – Revisiting 7 Stanley Cup Finals (THW)

Will Goaltending Be The Soft Underbelly Of The 2021 Edmonton Oilers? (Journal)

OilersNation Top 25 Of 2020: #9 — An Early Look At Team Canada’s 2022 Olympic Team (Oilersnation)

Report: NHL Considering Move To Temporarily Relocate Canadian Teams If Necessary (Oilersnation)

ON’s Top Prospects Countdown – No. 2: Evan Bouchard (Oilersnation)

WHL Considers Changing Draft Age (Oilersnation)

The NHL Likely To Approve Helmet Advertisements For 2021 Season (Oilersnation)

Lowetide: Ken Holland’s 2020 Oilers offseason report card (Athletic)