There were a bunch of stories today about NHLers currently playing in Europe heading back to their respective clubs. Joe Thornton is one, a couple of Sens being others. Just a reminder that the Government of Canada still has a 14-day quarantine in place for out-of-country travellers, meaning players travelling from Europe need to get to Canada by the end of this work week at the latest in order to be in training camp for January 1st. It will also (likely) be the last time players from Europe who haven't relocated their families will see their family until the end of the regular season at the earliest.
I really, really want hockey fans to keep that in mind. Most players will, presumably, still be able to see their families once protocols are agreed upon. Some players won't and will not for many months, including over the holidays. And not every player is a multi-millionaire; just ask the guys on the taxi squad from the AHL making $90k a year. Please, just a bit of empathy. It is all I ask.
For posterity, here's Rasmus Dahlin sitting in an airport to head to Buffalo 11 days before Christmas:
Last week, I started putting together my projections for the 2020-21 season. (I suppose it's just the 2021 season, right? We call the lockout-shortened season just the 2013 campaign. We should do the same now.) This is usually something I leave to the last week or two so at least I'm getting out ahead of it this time.
For now, I'm not going to post actual projections. I will post