Notebook: Work continues as the rules change

RALEIGH, NC. – 19 hours after their first skating break, the Carolina Hurricanes were back on the ice again. Not for a morning skate for their former scheduled match against Florida Panthers, but rather another practice.

Ice skating at the PNC Arena, there was some important news that was released between the time they left the ice on Sunday and were back on it on Monday.

The league split late in the evening after the weekend’s conclusion that Taxi Squads would return, allowing teams to bring extra players on the team due to recent pandemic-related problems that have caused delays throughout the league. In short, this is to hopefully limit the amount of games that are moved to later dates, given that each team can now carry several extra healthy bodies with them.

More officially, verbatim, according to the NHL’s release, teams can assign a maximum of six players to their Taxi Squad, which will be in place through the date of their final match prior to the scheduled dates for the 2022 All-Star Break ‘. For Canes, it would be Sunday, January 30 at the moment. However, the team has five matches to rearrange.

Taxi Squad players will be able to travel and practice with the club, however, they must be recalled to the active list before playing in a match. Between now and the current deadline, which is 34 days away, a player may not spend more than 20 of them on the Taxi Squad. This is to prevent players from going over a month without playing a game.

In addition, the league has changed the rules that previously allowed teams to play cards on the active list if their pay ceiling did not allow them to recall players. As we saw with the Hurricanes’ victories over both Detroit and Los Angeles, the team used emergency recalls to reach 16 and then 18 skaters. Several other teams around the league have skated with less than a full list this season, but now that need no longer be the case.

“It’s just common sense, isn’t it? Guys will continue to test positive if we’re to test every day the way we’ve been and we need to have a backup plan to be able to play a game and not play cards,” Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour shared regarding. “[Playing short] puts other guys in danger. It’s just common sense to have the guys available. “

Practice updates:

The same eleven strikers and six defenders were on the ice today for Canes, signaling that no players were added to the protocol to start the week.

The only change was that Equipment Manager Jorge Alves dressed up as the team’s second goalkeeper today and defended the net against Antti Raanta, because of Frederik Andersen is in protocol. Alves often dress up as a training goalkeeper for the team, so today was apparently no different than most. You have not forgotten the legend of Alves, have you?

Video: CAR @ TBL: Equipment Manager acts as backup goalkeeper

A goalkeeper call is expected before the team’s next match.

To refresh you, the following players are not on the team:

COVID-19 protocol: Stefan Noesen, Brendan Smith, Frederik Andersen, Jesper Fast

Injuries: Jalen Chatfield, Jordan Martinook

Noesen would be the first of the COVID-positive batch to return, qualifying later in the week. After training, Brind’Amour also said Martinook is “still some distance away”, but Jalen Chatfield skated alone this morning before the team took the ice.

What’s next ?:

The crew continues to conduct their business with the intention of playing the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night, as their schedule currently indicates.

“It’s a strange, open situation we’re in right now. As far as we know, we’re playing the 30th,” the defender Ian Cole said about the team’s ever-changing schedule. “We’re going to plan as we play, [we want to] get a few good exercises and get ready to go then. It’s probably going to be weird [rest of the] years, it’s probably going to be touch-and-go, so we’re just trying to get as many matches as we can. “

What’s next for the team? It would be another workout Tuesday morning at the PNC Arena.


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