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NHL PLAYER CLAIMS GM TOLD PLAYERS TO GET VACCINATED 'OR YOU'RE SCREWED'

SEP 22, 2021  (7H38)      COLTON PANKIW
Emily Kaplan of ESPN put out a tweet on Tuesday night that said she spoke to an anonymous NHL player over the league's vaccine policy.

While the league has not outright said players have to be vaccinated, it has been thought that that particular sentiment has been implied, and the anonymous player all but confirmed that.

"My GM made it extremely clear to us," the player said. "Get the shot or you're screwed."

We saw this situation play out on Tuesday, as Zac Rinaldo, who recently signed a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, was told not to show up to training camp on Wednesday because he is not vaccinated. Rinaldo also made a speech at a rally for the People's Party of Canada denouncing the idea of vaccine and vaccine passport mandates. Ryan Rishaug of TSN reports that the Edmonton Oilers have one unvaccinated player who could end up missing close to 30 games this season.


From the sounds of things, most players have complied with this advice, as Kaplan noted that more than 95 per cent of the league has been vaccinated. These are certainly crazy times, and while not everyone may agree with the measures that are being taken here, the NHL is wanting to do what is best to make sure their players are safe and to protect the on ice product.

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STEVEN STAMKOS
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KYLE CONNOR
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EVGENY KUZNETSOV
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JORDAN KYROU
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4448
JESSE PULJUJARVI
5268
TIMO MEIER
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LOGAN COUTURE
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CONOR GARLAND
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BRAD MARCHAND
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DAVID PERRON
4527
DREW DOUGHTY
4167
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
5257
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
5077
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
OCTOBER 24, 2021 G A PTS
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3 1 4
ROMAN JOSI
1 3 4
TYLER BERTUZZI
1 2 3
MATT DUCHENE
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DYLAN LARKIN
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RYAN JOHANSEN
2 - 2
JOSH BAILEY
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DEREK FORBORT
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FILIP FORSBERG
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BRAD MARCHAND
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