Ramblings: Updates on Pastrnak and Bailey; pucks; Honka waived; cancellations – January 21

Michael Clifford


On the heels of Carolina having a game cancelled against Nashville, the Hurricanes have also had two more upcoming games this week cancelled against Florida due to COVID concerns. There have been multiple positive cases in Carolina, meaning they won't be hitting the ice until incubation has passed and enough players test negative.

At the outset of the season, I said I was focusing on best ball leagues for this campaign and this exact scenario was a big reason why. I could not imagine playing a weekly league with Aho and Svechnikov locked in and then not have them play a single game. This is going to keep happening all season so fantasy owners had best get used to this. There is not much sense complaining because nothing is going to change anytime soon. The only thing we can do is roll with the punches.

Speaking of that, Washington had a few names appear on the COVID list. It includes some big ones: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov. Washington also got hit with a $100 000 fine for close contact without masks. We'll have to wait and see what the practice lines look like for the fantasy fallout of all this. We also don't know how long they'll be out, either. It could be two days or two weeks.


In other COVID news:


Not too sure who would be the immediate replacement.


According to the Avs, Bowen Byram will be playing soon, and it could be as shortly as this weekend. With the trade of Ian Cole, there was ostensibly a spot opened up, though with Conor Timmins around, they