Seabrook exits with injury, could travel to Pittsburgh


Seabrook exits with injury, could travel to Pittsburgh

Updated: 9:37 p.m.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was forced to leave Sunday's game vs. the Calgary Flames after taking a big hit along the boards from ex-Hawk Rene Bourque. He will not return to the game.

Seabrook laid on the ice for a few moments before getting back to his knees and skated off under his own power before getting help back to the locker room.

Quenneville said Seabrook seemed not bad after the game.

Well find out more tomorrow. I just talked to him. He seemed all right, he seemed OK, said Quenenville, who is hopeful that Seabrook can make the trip to Pittsburgh for Tuesdays game.

When a guys got his back turned and you have more speed than him, it comes down to respect, said Jonathan Toews, who added he saw the hit as it happened but hadnt seen a replay yet. Head shots and head injuries arent going anywhere if we keep making plays like that, and that goes for everyone in the league.

The Blackhawks are calling it an upper-body injury, but replays show it could be another injury to the head. It is the third time in the last two years that Seabrook has suffered a blow to the head.

He was hit hard by another ex-Hawk, James Wisniewski, in Anaheim a couple seasons ago. Then in the first round of last year's playoffs, was knocked out by Raffi Torres of the Canucks.

NHL, NHLPA set new dates for start of 2020-21 season, draft and free agency

NHL, NHLPA set new dates for start of 2020-21 season, draft and free agency

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have reached a tentative agreement on the Return to Play plan and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement deal, but nothing is official until the full NHLPA membership ratifies the package. The voting process is ongoing, and a final decision is expected to come Friday.

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If or when the deal is signed off on, here are the new critical dates for the rest of the 2019-20 season and looking ahead to the 2020-21 calendar, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli:

  • July 13 — Formal training camps open
  • July 26 — Teams travel to hub cities
  • Aug. 1 — Start of qualifying round
  • Aug. 10-12 — Phase 2 of draft lottery (TBD)
  • Sept. 20 — Stanley Cup Final begins
  • Oct. 2 — Last possible date for Stanley Cup Final
  • Oct. 6 — NHL Draft
  • Oct. 9 (or seven days after Stanley Cup Final ends) — Free agency opens
  • Nov. 17 — Opening of training camps for 2020-21 season
  • Dec. 1 — Opening Day of 2020-21 regular season

*All dates are subject to change, but these were the dates listed in the Memorandum of Understanding.

It should also be pointed out that, in the new CBA deal, there will no longer be a negotiation window for pending unrestricted free agents. Previously, teams were given six days to interview potential UFA candidates before they could officially sign players. Now, it will be a free-for-all once the clock hits 11 a.m. CT like the old days.

Report: Edmonton hospital experiences 'full-facility' COVID-19 outbreak

Report: Edmonton hospital experiences 'full-facility' COVID-19 outbreak

On Wednesday, Jason Kay, editor-in-chief of The Hockey News, reported that a hospital in Edmonton was forced to close its doors after experiencing a "full-facility" COVID-19 outbreak.

Also according to Kay, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn't think, "at this point", that the outbreak will impact the league's hub city announcement.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Edmonton Journal learned from Alberta Health Services that "Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital is effectively shutting its doors to the public to battle a 'full facility' COVID-19 outbreak that has now left three patients dead and another 20 patients and 15 staff infected. 

Edmonton, along with Toronto, was reportedly chosen as a hub city to host the NHL's return under a 24-team playoff format after the league paused on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Team training camps leading up to the tournament are scheduled to start Monday with the playoffs expected to begin on August 1.

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The Blackhawks are slated to take on the Oilers in a best-of-five play-in series in Edmonton when the postseason begins.