KRAKEN

NHL camps open as teams take stock of unvaccinated players

Sep 22, 2021, 3:22 PM | Updated: 3:22 pm
NHL Tyler Bertuzzi...
Left wing Tyler Bertuzzi is the only unvaccinated Detroit Red Wings player going into training camp and faces the potential of missing all of his team's games in Canada this season as a result, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
(AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Tyler Bertuzzi is the only unvaccinated Detroit Red Wings player going into training camp and faces the potential of missing all of his team’s games in Canada this season as a result, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday.

Seattle Kraken set roster for inaugural NHL training camp

Yzerman in his camp-opening video call said the rest of the organization is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including himself. Bertuzzi is in Detroit for the start of on-ice workouts Thursday but the forward may end up forfeiting over $450,000 in salary for the Red Wings’ nine games north of the border. NHL protocols allow teams to suspend unvaccinated players without pay when they are unavailable to participate.

“For the foreseeable future entering Canada, you can’t enter Canada unless you’re vaccinated, so that obviously will be an issue when we go to play Canadian teams,” Yzerman said. “Does that change or not? I have no idea. But as of now and under the Canadian laws, I guess, he wouldn’t be able to cross the border, so he wouldn’t play in any games in Canada.”

That includes Detroit’s first road game Oct. 23 at Montreal. The 26-year-old Bertuzzi will be allowed to practice with teammates but must wear a mask around the rink and distance himself when working out in the gym, in addition to other restrictions on the road.

Asked if he was disappointed in Bertuzzi choosing not to get one of the coronavirus vaccines, Yzerman said: “No. It’s his decision.”

“I’m not in a position to force anyone — we can’t force anyone to get vaccinated,” Yzerman added. “Tyler has his reasons, and I’m sure you’ll get a chance to ask him that question.”

Bertuzzi so far is the most high-profile NHL player to be publicly identified as unvaccinated as training camps open around North America. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly estimated the league would have only around 10-15 unvaccinated players by the time the regular season starts Oct. 12.

Veteran defenseman Duncan Keith, who was traded from Chicago to Edmonton over the summer, is in quarantine until Oct. 1 after choosing late in the offseason to get vaccinated, Oilers GM Ken Holland said.

Holland said his team had one unvaccinated player that he did not identify and was not ready to commit to that player’s status for the season.

Others are taking a hard line on vaccination status.

The Columbus Blue Jackets did not invite unvaccinated forward Zac Rinaldo to NHL camp and earlier dumped an assistant coach who declined to get vaccinnated. New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello said he was in the process of figuring out what to do with his team’s lone unvaccinated player, with assignment to Europe among the options.

Training camps opening after NHL’s shortest offseason

Kraken

Seattle Kraken Blue Jackets...
The Associated Press

Seattle Kraken go to OT, fall to Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1

Patrick Laine scored at 2:16 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1, come-from-behind win over the expansion Seattle Kraken on Saturday night.
1 day ago
Seattle Kraken Vince Dunn...
Brent Stecker

Seattle Kraken have had a fight and a beef — are rivalries soon to follow?

The Seattle Kraken had a fight in Thursday's win over Nashville and miffed some Vegas players on Tuesday. NHL Network's Jon Morosi talked to Wyman and Bob about how rivalries develop in hockey.
2 days ago
Seattle Kraken Nashville...
The Associated Press

Seattle Kraken post 1st NHL victory, spoiling Preds’ opener 4-3

Brandon Tanev scored his second goal into an empty net with 1:21 left, and the Seattle Kraken beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night for the first victory in the expansion franchise’s second game.
3 days ago
Seattle Kraken Morgan Geekie...
Andy Eide

Seattle Kraken have their 1st breakout candidate in Morgan Geekie

Morgan Geekie had the biggest goal of the first Seattle Kraken game, and may have ignited a rivalry in the process. Andy Eide breaks down why he could be a breakout player this season.
3 days ago
Seattle Kraken...
Brandon Gustafson

Seattle Kraken analyst J.T. Brown shares the positive signs he’s seeing

Former NHL forward and current Seattle Kraken analyst J.T. Brown talked to 710 ESPN Seattle about the team's chemistry, goalie Philipp Grubauer and more.
4 days ago
Seattle Kraken Ryan Donato...
Mike Salk

Salk’s Seattle Kraken Observations: Good and bad from NHL opener

The Seattle Kraken may have lost Tuesday in Vegas, but it wasn't a bad showing in their first game, as 710 ESPN Seattle's Mike Salk details.
5 days ago
NHL camps open as teams take stock of unvaccinated players