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Sunday CHN Puck Links: Avs hopeful of no more Covid cases



Happy Sunday to all. We’re into Day 3 of another Covid pause with the Avalanche, and it’s likely that the Vegas Golden Knights will tie or pass the Avs in points by the time they play their next scheduled game, Thursday in St. Louis. Yet, the Avs will have some games in hand on Vegas by then. The games next week in Vegas – should they be played – are looming large.

Colorado Hockey Now will be there, and thanks to several of you who have contributed to the Avalanche Travel Tip Jar for such initiatives. I have an Airbnb a block from the strip, at a reasonable rate.

There were no new Avs players added to the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list on Saturday, after two straight days where there were. There remain three players – Bo Byram, Philipp Grubauer and Joonas Donskoi – still on the list as of Sunday morning. I’ll update this when the new list comes out in a couple of hours.

UPDATE: No new Avs players were added to the list.

The Avs, who received vaccinations last Monday, are cautiously hopeful that will be the last of their players to test positive. All three players are here in Denver, and I haven’t been told of anything worrisome about their current health. Let’s hope that stays that way.

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To some links:

Finally, old friend Adam Foote and his wife, Jennifer, took in today’s Devils-Rangers game in New Jersey. Their son, Nolan, made his NHL debut for the Devils:

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Jim Strohmeier

Seeing the very tough Adam Foote, wearing a mask, is disheartening. He was one of the toughest and meanest blue liners the Avalanche ever had. I can’t wait until this China virus runs its course and everyone can find some semblance of normalcy. I watched the Foote clan, including Jennifer, play pond hockey at Evergreen Lake on New Years Day 2010. They brought along an NHL rookie and their houseguest, Matt Duchene. Watching Duchene deke thru a dozen players trying to take the puck away from him, on snowy, bumpy lake ice, was pretty cool. My son was out there… Read more »

Joshua Canfield

Really man? Wearing a mask during a pandemic doesn’t have anything to do with being “tough”. 🤦‍♂️


Stanford Study Results: Facemasks are Ineffective to Block Transmission of COVID-19 and Actually Can Cause Health Deterioration and Premature Death
A recent Stanford study released by the NCBI, which is under the National Institutes of Health, showed that masks do absolutely nothing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and their use is even harmful. 
NIH published a medical hypothesis by Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim (Cardiology Division, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System/Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United States).
NOQ Report uncovered the study:

Kalyn Beasley

But you won’t see that in the M5M. Now Rants is down. But I thought they all got vaccinated?!

Joshua Canfield

So, I read that study and while they make it clear they don’t believe masks are as helpful as the CDC makes them out to be, they do admit that there still is not enough data to truly push the CDC and local governments to stop using masks. A lot comes down to compliance and other measures, including social distancing. This study says, “Public mask wearing is most effective at reducing spread of the virus when compliance is high. Given the current shortages of medical masks, we recommend the adoption of public cloth mask wearing, as an effective form of… Read more »

Joshua Canfield

Also, take a look at what the Director of the NIH has to say about wearing masks. (References included at the bottom of the article). “So, just how much does a facial covering protect those around you? Quite a bit, according to researchers who created a sophisticated mathematical model to take a more detailed look [1]. Their model shows that even if a community universally adopted a crude cloth covering that’s far less than 100 percent protective against the virus, this measure alone could significantly help to reduce deaths.” “The researchers noted several months ago that recommendations on wearing a… Read more »

Joel Stefaniak

Wow, just wow.


Read that bit about Crosby. It’s a shame we don’t get to see the Avs play any teams outside their division. But if Crosby is being considered for the Hart, surely with the Avs finishing either at the top of the standings or somewhere near the top, MacKinnon must be the top candidate this year for MVP!

Joshua Canfield

It doesn’t surprise me at all that Taylor Hall is thriving in Boston (albeit a few games is a small sample size). It seems like they just gave up in Buffalo. It had to be difficult playing every game knowing that your team would probably loose. I could see Hall finishing off the year with decent stats and playing well in the Playoffs.

Matt Briggle

Good to hear no new positive tests the last couple of days. Hopefully it’s only those three guys and they and their families all recover fully and don’t have any major symptoms. There were a couple of really good articles in The Athletic the last couple of days about the outbreak in Vancouver that a few people here might consider reading. First take away for me was that some of the players actually had some pretty bad symptoms, but thankfully none of them ended up in the hospital. The big takeaway though was that masks played a major part in… Read more »

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