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Dater’s Daily: Ex-Av Sylvain Lefebvre refuses vaccine, Tomas Hertl to Bruins?



Sylvain Lefebvre
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Good Monday to all. Some hockey links here, starting with a very startling piece of news out of Columbus regarding Blue Jackets assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre, who played with the 1996 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche:

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  • Lefebvre is refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine. As a result, he has been replaced by by Cleveland Monsters associate coach Steve McCarthy. (MSN)
  • I try to stay out of politics on this site and on Twitter. So I am not making any editorial comments on Lefebvre’s decision. Other than to say I’m very surprised. This would have been Sly’s first year on the Blue Jackets bench, on the staff of former Av Brad Larsen. Lefebvre was also an Avs coach assistant under Joe Sacco.
  • Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen had some strong quotes about Lefebvre’s decision to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline: “We had to part ways with him because he couldn’t do his job. We need a coach. If you’re not vaccinated, you’re not allowed within 12 feet of the players. You can’t do your job as coach.”
  • Tomas Hertl to the Bruins? Our man in Beantown, Joe Haggerty, thinks it could happen (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Former Capitals forward and longtime NHLer and scout Garnet “Ace” Bailey was one of the passengers on United 175 when it crashed into the South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. Sean Leahy sat down with former teammate John Davidson to remember Ace and his memorable character on and off the ice. (Pro Hockey Talk)
  • Our guy in Vegas, Steve Carp, on why the Golden Knights should roll the dice to get Jack Eichel (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • Could Kyle Dubas be in trouble in Toronto? The general manager admitted to his job could be on the line if the Maple Leafs do not have a successful run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • One of the big gets on the NHL trade market was former All-Star winger Vladimir Tarasenko. The relationship between the Russian and the St. Louis Blues appeared to be broken, but now it appears Vladimir Tarasenko doesn’t need a real estate agent after all as coach Craig Berube told the star forward will remain with the Blues.
  • Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon is confident the team will sign RFA Nolan Patrick. But who will the center acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers wind up playing with?
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Sylvain = hero


How are you a hero by jeopardizing other people by not being vaccinated? Or, are you talking a hockey hero? Good player but nothing more. Condition of employment. Totally understandable. Sylvain made his decision which is his right to do. For whatever reason, it was more important than his hockey job.


ask Robin Lehner

Nathan Edwards

Yes and hopefully if he feels like it , he can sue for lost wages. These power hungry ass wipes over stepping their boundaries in the world.

Matt Briggle

Maybe you can confirm this AD, another outlet is reporting that had to let go of one of their AHL coaches for the same reason. We all want to be done with this thing as quickly as possible and those refusing the shot are only prolonging it.

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