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Simmer’s Skate – Drug Overdose Honesty, More Covid Hits, Canucks Practice

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Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon.

After a full off day Sunday the Vancouver Canucks are back to practice today in preparation for Tuesday’s game in Buffalo against the Sabres. The Canucks have started the season 1-1-1 with a shoot-out loss in Edmonton last Wednesday, a shoot-out win in Philadelphia on Friday, and a regulation loss in Detroit on Saturday night. After Buffalo, the franchise-record, six-game season opening road trip continues to Chicago on Thursday and wraps in Seattle on Saturday at the Kraken’s franchise home opener. So, in the meantime …

Let’s Skate! …

In case you missed it Sunday, here’s the tragic story of how a drug overdose killed NHL’er Jimmy Hayes and how his family has decided to share the story to prevent others from suffering a similar fate. Our Boston Hockey Now writers were close to Hayes, a kid who grew up just south of Boston, played at Boston College, and also spent two of his NHL seasons with the Bruins.

More Covid drama for the defending Presidents Trophy winners, considered by many to be Stanley Cup favourites in 2022, the Colorado Avalanche. Adrian Dater at Colorado Hockey Now has you covered, as Nathan MacKinnon is barred from making the team’s roadie and Jack Johnson is now awaiting a second negative test. Johnson had tested positive for Covid over the weekend.

Some news Monday prior to the Original-Six tilt in Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the New York Rangers. First, 20-year-old forward Kaapo Kakko, the 2nd-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, was placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss at least the final three games of the Blueshirts four-game road trip, if not more. He left in the 1st period of Saturday’s game against the Canadiens after multiple collisions with Montreal defenceman Alexander Romanov. Meanwhile, defending Rocket Richard Trophy winner Auston Matthews plans to return to the line-up Monday after missing Toronto’s first three games while recovering from wrist surgery.

Quebec native and career-long Florida Panther Jonathan Huberdeau became the first Cat to reach 500 points with the franchise during Saturday’s 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders, as reported by Florida Hockey Now. The winger was the 3rd-overall pick of the Panthers in 2011 and joined the club after three-and-a-half seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

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