Another bit of COVID-related news dropped on Thursday. St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights fans will have to wait for the heavyweight rematch between the two teams from Tuesday night — a game that was ultimately decided via shootout when Brayden Schenn buried the decisive winner as the Blues final shooter during the ‘skills competition’.
It’s not as though this Blues vs. Knights battle needed another storyline. The series had plenty of intrigue before it started as the Blues former captain, Alex Pietrangelo, signed with Vegas during this past offseason. Again however, the rematch between these two Western Division foes will have to wait because of COVID-19 protocols. At this time, one Golden Knights player and a coach have now been fully isolated accordingly.
This comes just two days after general manager Kelly McCrimmon had to jump behind the Golden Knights bench after the entire coaching staff was isolating “out of an abundance of caution.” Get used to that phrase this season if you are not tired of it already.
McCrimmon Is No Coaching Slouch
Western Hockey League fans know that McCrimmon is no stranger behind the bench. He was a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings franchise for 26 years, and also coached 864 WHL games. In fact, he was the Wheaties head coach for three separate stints from 1990 to 2016 before then GM Peter McPhee hired him as Assistant General Manager in Vegas.
McCrimmon might have had the boys rolling versus a very good St. Louis team on Tuesday, but was also likely lobbying for a small pause until his team gets the current Covid situation under control. The postponement of tonight’s game will make for a tighter schedule at some point in the future, but it will also mean that all members of the organization are healthy when that time comes.
While I am sure McCrimmon was excited to make his NHL coaching debut he would much rather have his head coach, Peter DeBoer, and staff take the reigns when they are able to do so.
After all, every individuals health is the number one priority in 2021.
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