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Wake With Elias: Canucks senseless season pushes ahead, Beagle joins COVID protocol list

Also, will the Canucks be anything but silent on deadline day?

NHL: FEB 06 Canucks at Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks Center Jay Beagle (83) in the face-off circle during the regular season NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs on February 6, 2021 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
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To the surprise of no one, the NHL announced that the Canucks season will continue, with the team scheduled to play 19 games in 31 days between Friday, April 16th and May 16th.

Courtesy of nhl.com/canucks

The schedule makers have rewarded the COVID-riddled Canucks with six back-to-back games along with 11 of their final 13 games on the road.

  • If you’re going to read one thing today, read Kent Basky’s latest on the atrocities of the NHL, the NHLPA and the continuation of the Canucks season. [Nucks Misconduct]
  • Meanwhile, the Canucks were supposed to go back to practice yesterday, but that was shut down after Jay Beagle was added to the COVID protocol list. Adam Gaudette also became the first player to be removed from the list. [Daily Hive]
  • Will any Canucks be dealt prior to the deadline today? Probably not, but one name to watch out for is Jordie Benn. The 33-year-old is one of the only Canucks who hasn’t recently landed on the COVID protocol list.

Ideally, the Canucks would be able to clear some space on defence to see what guys like Olli Juolevi and Brogan Rafferty can do in elevated roles. It probably won’t happen, but it should.

Ben Kuzma recently wrote about Benn, and how he’s no longer a fit to return to Montreal after the Canadiens acquired Jon Merrill from Detroit over the weekend. [The Province]

NHL News

  • Something to watch for today because HOCKEY GUYZ LIKE TOUGH BOYS.
  • Taylor Hall and his two goals this season joins the Boston Bruins — who can’t score beyond their top line.

I previously mentioned that Anders Bjork made sense as a target in a Jake Virtanen trade. You could basically look at this trade as Hall for a second, and a struggling Bjork for a struggling Lazar. Clearly, Bjork was a guy Boston was looking to offload.

  • The Leafs are going for it.

Also, isn’t it nice to see other shrewd teams — like San Jose — getting involved in these trades?

Must be nice.

  • One last noteworthy trade from Sunday.

Enjoy the deadline y’all.