Ramblings: Jones Activated, Ranking Ehlers and Barzal in Roto (June 19)

Ian Gooding

2020-06-19

According to the Canadian Press, the Canadian government has issued an order that would allow a Canadian city (Vancouver, Edmonton, or Toronto) to serve as one of the NHL's hub cities. This would effectively remove the traditional 14-day quarantine for any NHL players or staff that need to enter Canada. For more, see the report from the CBC.

I would assume that if any Canadian city will serve as a hub city, it will be Toronto. I've mentioned before that the league office and sports networks are nearby. In addition, other reports have stated that Las Vegas will be named one of the two hub cities. For that reason, I would also think that the league would choose a city in the Eastern time zone, which Vancouver and Edmonton are not.

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Nikolay Goldobin has officially signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. He was a point-per-game player in the AHL this season (50 points in 51 games), but he was never consistent enough to hold down a permanent spot in the NHL. With upgraded scoring options being acquired over the past season, the Canucks simply couldn't afford to be patient with Goldy any longer. If he racks up big numbers in the K, maybe we'll see him back in North America in two years.

There are also rumblings that fellow AHL forward Reid Boucher will follow Goldobin to the KHL. Boucher was an even better AHL scorer than Goldobin this past season, scoring 34 goals and 67 points in 53 games. Yet for whatever reason, Boucher couldn't make the most of his NHL opportunities. This clears the way for Sven Baertschi to be kept around for the play-in round, at least as a black ace.

For more names that could be added to NHL rosters for Phases 3 and 4, see thoughts 5 and 6 from Elliotte Friedman's 31 Thoughts (this isn’t the latest one). If you’d rather read the latest one,