Happy New Year, and all the best to you in the coming year! By the time you read this, it will already be 2022 somewhere – maybe even where you live. I know we were hoping that 2021 would turn out better than 2020, and it looked like it would for a while. We can at least try to think positive and hope we will be out of the woods sometime in 2022, but we are clearly not there yet. COVID continues to inconvenience our personal lives and make hockey season less enjoyable. So much for the World Juniors.
There's also the matter of our fantasy hockey rosters. I've chatted with a few people who say they are close to bailing on the season already because of all the game postponements and players entering COVID protocol on top of the usual injuries. Although I have to admit that I didn't want to look at my fantasy rosters during the extended holiday break, I'm not ready to throw in the towel. As Winston Churchill once said, if you're going through hell, keep going.
In another non-surprise, the NHL has announced more postponements due to Canadian attendance restrictions. The team impacted the most next week is not actually a Canadian-based team – instead, it is the New York Islanders. Their western road trip to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary has been wiped out, which means they will not travel to Seattle either. That's going to put the Islanders out of commission all of next week and early the following week. So after their game today (New Year's Day) at home against the Oilers, they won't play again until January 13.
The Islanders will join the Habs on the sidelines, as Montreal's three home games next week had already been postponed. The good news is that you still have 30 other teams to choose from – at least for now. And as always, Frozen Tools is here to lend a hand.