NHL News: Canadiens, Waivers, Protocol Changes, and In and Out of COVID Protocol
Canadiens hire Hughes as their next GM
Montreal Canadiens: Kent Hughes was named the Canadiens 18th GM in franchise history.
Pierre LeBrun: Sources on how the timeline went for the Hughes and the Canadiens.
- “Interviewed with Habs last Monday.
- Met with Geoff Molson on Saturday night in Boston.
- Took the weekend to make fully sure he was ready to leave change careers.
- Negotiated contract with Habs well into Monday night.”
W/ $988K available in LTIR pool, Kris Russell ($1.25M) activated requires $262K cap space, which is accomplished by waiving & sending down Lagesson”
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) January 18, 2022
Changes to COVID protocol coming
NHL Public Relations: If positive COVID continue to decline, after February 3rd, the NHL and NHLPA will update protocol to include:
“i. There will be no testing of Fully Vaccinated Players and Staff during the All-Star break (including for participating Players and staff), unless needed for travel or development of symptoms.
ii. There will be a single test upon re-entry to Club facilities post-All-Star, after which there will no longer be asymptomatic testing, or testing of Fully Vaccinated close contacts.
iii. Thereafter, testing will continue only on a limited “for cause” basis in Fully Vaccinated Players and Staff who develop symptoms or require testing for cross-border travel.
iv. The post-COVID “testing holiday” will remain at 90 days, but symptom-based testing can still be done at the team physician’s discretion. Testing for cross-border travel post-COVID will be dictated by the relevant health authority, which is currently 90 days for entry to the U.S. and 180 days for entry to Canada.”
In COVID protocol
Arizona Coyotes PR: Forward Antoine Roussel has been placed in protocol.