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The NHL Postpones the 2021 NHL Winter Classic and I offer some thoughts on it

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With how messed up 2020 has been this was no real surprise of an announcement by the league, but when you think about it more it might not be so bad at all for the Minnesota Wild and any fan that is planning on forking over the $$$ to attend.  Check it out!  

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On 10/25/2020 at 8:41 AM, CreaseAndAssist said:

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With how messed up 2020 has been this was no real surprise of an announcement by the league, but when you think about it more it might not be so bad at all for the Minnesota Wild and any fan that is planning on forking over the $$$ to attend.  Check it out!  

Completely agree. I am thinking , that our team will look even better in 3-4 years, when the most drafted promising players will be playing for the big club. Regarding Barkov's play as a top center for the team, it is sounds intriguing perspective.

 I am still hoping , the NHL will start the new season on December 1, but not next year. As sooner as better. From my current 9 months experience under COVID pandemic by working at 7 hospitals, masks do not help a lot. I already was sick 3 times (March-July-October) despite of using mask all the time at work, at stores, at gas stations, but , from my observations, good the most important news, it goes easier and easier every time (3 weeks-10 days- 1 day respectively). It seems active antibodies against COVID initially are working about 3 months, and this is why we have spikes of disease every 3 months. Next spikes, probably, will be in January and then March-April. Sincerely, kind of skeptical regarding future vaccine longevity  effect , because of a short terms of antibodies life against Covid. In my opinion, we need to live as we are living a regular normal life despite of all these difficulties. And be optimistic.

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On 10/27/2020 at 9:05 AM, Alexandron said:

Completely agree. I am thinking , that our team will look even better in 3-4 years, when the most drafted promising players will be playing for the big club. Regarding Barkov's play as a top center for the team, it is sounds intriguing perspective.

 I am still hoping , the NHL will start the new season on December 1, but not next year. As sooner as better. From my current 9 months experience under COVID pandemic by working at 7 hospitals, masks do not help a lot. I already was sick 3 times (March-July-October) despite of using mask all the time at work, at stores, at gas stations, but , from my observations, good the most important news, it goes easier and easier every time (3 weeks-10 days- 1 day respectively). It seems active antibodies against COVID initially are working about 3 months, and this is why we have spikes of disease every 3 months. Next spikes, probably, will be in January and then March-April. Sincerely, kind of skeptical regarding future vaccine longevity  effect , because of a short terms of antibodies life against Covid. In my opinion, we need to live as we are living a regular normal life despite of all these difficulties. And be optimistic.

 

I am not sure I quite agree with that last part.  For you, fortunately the effect has been rather mild.  But for someone else they end up with permanent heart damage or lung damage or other issues.  I have a friend who caught it back in March, and he's pretty much wrecked.  Heart has been severely weakened, kind of similar in effect to like a super Lyme's Disease.  He can't do much of anything now.  IMO, while its easier for a person like yourself who seems not to be all that effected to just have everything be normal.  For others you're flirting with permanent damage or worse.  I'm not sure I'd want to risk that.    

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16 hours ago, Bear said:

thanks Derek good read

 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, and with Marco Rossi playing in Switzerland I think that bodes well for his development as well as being ready to go whenever the NHL season gets underway.  

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On 10/28/2020 at 2:03 PM, CreaseAndAssist said:

 

I am not sure I quite agree with that last part.  For you, fortunately the effect has been rather mild.  But for someone else they end up with permanent heart damage or lung damage or other issues.  I have a friend who caught it back in March, and he's pretty much wrecked.  Heart has been severely weakened, kind of similar in effect to like a super Lyme's Disease.  He can't do much of anything now.  IMO, while its easier for a person like yourself who seems not to be all that effected to just have everything be normal.  For others you're flirting with permanent damage or worse.  I'm not sure I'd want to risk that.    

I agree LIG with you  , everyone has his own personal opinion, personal info and personal experience regarding many things in our life, including COVID too.  I am working in a medical field for many years (43);and  in cardiac surgery since 1984 and of course, I have seen many cardiac complications after viral diseases as well as after flu including acute cardiac failure or chronic cardiac insufficiency. In my opinion, we need to get starting to live with COVID as we did with flu disease for 100 years. Mostly same things we have seen, maybe slightly more often not spring-fall period like during the flu spikes, but probably initially every 3 months we will see COVID spikes. Hopefully, later we will see even more longer periods between those spikes. My friend told me, he was sick at the end of September and they told him that his COVID test will be positive for 3 months, because his antibodies active for 3 months. And he is not contagious for others around him they told him too. Same things as I had with my experience with COVID, as well as my daughter and my grandson even before me were sick with very mild COVID infection 3 times this year , which both working and go to school online (from home), living separate from us and using masks all the time at stores and libraries.  My wife was mildly sick 2 times this year and my mother-in-law(85 y.o.) just once (she is living with us). All they do by my insistence, they are taking my anti-inflammatory tea (1 or 2 cups per day) - cup of hot black tea or decaffeinated black tea, add into the cup 1 tea spoon of raw honey, 1 or 2 tea spoons of raspberry(or black currants; or  blueberry, or blackberry or their blends) preserves and 1 slice of lemon. Sad news, 3 hospitals in Twin Cities will be closed in January 2021 , because of not enough patients in our hospitals. Those hospitals will be transformed into shelters. 

 Interesting, KHL started their season at the beginning of September and despite of all their spikes there, they are still playing. I am sure, some of the players will be sick and will be on quarantine, but some others will continue to play. Hope, they will not stop there season. Life should go  on in every aspect. 

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18 hours ago, CreaseAndAssist said:

 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed it, and with Marco Rossi playing in Switzerland I think that bodes well for his development as well as being ready to go whenever the NHL season gets underway.  

 

Unfortunately, the second wave is now totally out of control in most of Europe, and particularly in Switzerland (positivity rates top nearly at 30% vs. 7% in the US, and daily new cases on a 7-day rolling average are at 800 per 1M pop. vs 300 in the US - data taken from the Oxford University). They started the season at 2/3 arena capacity before reducing it at 1000 people and yesterday they decided to play without attendance while continuing to play at least until Dec. 1st.

 

Problem is, more than half of the teams are now in quarantine, lots of games are postponed and the decision to suspend the season (and then to purely cancel it which would be the logical outcome given the situation) should come soon. We've been hearing a lot of horror stories in the US but looking at the broader picture and how things are handled in a Europe in denial, I've got the feeling that things are not that catastrophic in the US.

 

My guess is that Rossi will come back to Minnesota rather sooner than later.

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On 10/30/2020 at 9:24 AM, Villette/Lavaux said:

 

Unfortunately, the second wave is now totally out of control in most of Europe, and particularly in Switzerland (positivity rates top nearly at 30% vs. 7% in the US, and daily new cases on a 7-day rolling average are at 800 per 1M pop. vs 300 in the US - data taken from the Oxford University). They started the season at 2/3 arena capacity before reducing it at 1000 people and yesterday they decided to play without attendance while continuing to play at least until Dec. 1st.

 

Problem is, more than half of the teams are now in quarantine, lots of games are postponed and the decision to suspend the season (and then to purely cancel it which would be the logical outcome given the situation) should come soon. We've been hearing a lot of horror stories in the US but looking at the broader picture and how things are handled in a Europe in denial, I've got the feeling that things are not that catastrophic in the US.

 

My guess is that Rossi will come back to Minnesota rather sooner than later.

Despite of their all higher restrictions in most European countries they have even higher levels of disease spikes in comparison to spring. My son visited recently our relatives in Moldova and was surprised that they have more restrictions than we have, but that still not helping to stop spreading this disease around.  And in comparison to Sweden and Belarus who do not have a lot of restrictions, disease stats are about the same. Probably, sooner or later all restrictions will be gone same as it happened during the last pandemics (Spanish flu) in 1918 (102 years ago) as well as masks, social distancing because it was no much differences in stats in comparison to countries without restrictions who built some levels of immunity among population. Actually, last pandemics lasted for a 1.5 year. 

I am glad that in Europe hockey players are still able to play in their leagues avoiding to be rusted  in comparison to AHL, which season is going to start stupidly in February. Hope, NHL will be smarter and will start the hockey life in December.

 I took some stats for our prospects, playing in Europe.

1. Brennan Menell(Dinamo Minsk,KHL); in 14 games- 13 points(2 goals;11 assists; +/- +8);

2.Alexander Khovanov (Bars,Kazan,VHL) in 8 games - 8 points (2 goals; 6 assists; +/- +2); (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL) in 7 games 0 points; +/- +2;

3. Ivan Lodnia (Dinamo Minsk, KHL) in 11 games - 4 points (0 goals; 4 assists; +/- +1);

4. Marco Rossi (ZCS Lions, NL) in 1 game - 0 goals;1 assist; +/- 0;

5. Not sure if he is still with the Wild organization -gigantic defensemen Stepan Falkovski (Dinamo Minsk,KHL) in 5 games - 0 goals; 1 assist; +/- -2.

 

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Among all prospects mentioned in my previous message, playing in Europe, the most impressing for me by his consistency in production remain so far defenseman Brennan Menell (in 17 played games having 18 points(3 goals;15 assists;+/- +10). Probably, the Dinamo Minsk team will be able to reach Gagarin Cup playoffs this season also by his solid help. He is one of the best players of this team. Nice that  hockey clubs are still playing despite of all COVID spikes, meaning sport life is continuing. And we should do the same in any sports. 

 

Interesting facts I found recently, confirming my observations by working at 7 hospitals in Twin Cities, that masks are not helping a lot and even harm our ability to fight against the different diseases including a COVID-19 too. There are a few scientific studies on healthcare workers done by neurosurgeons and epidemiologists. Here are the links, if you are interested, to read about that:

 

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According to this study made by the University Hospital of Copenhagen face masks don't really protect the wearer himself: 

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They didn't study if wearing face masks protect others, though. I'm pinning my hopes on getting vaccines working as early as possible.

 

But yeah, Menell has really showed the Wild they should give him a good opportunity to make the team. It has been a dominating effect by him, on a team that is a good KHL team but not the absolute elite of that league. The Finnish center prospect Lundell has also played really well, but I'm hoping Rossi was still the right choice.

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2 hours ago, lynxrattle said:

According to this study made by the University Hospital of Copenhagen face masks don't really protect the wearer himself: 

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They didn't study if wearing face masks protect others, though. I'm pinning my hopes on getting vaccines working as early as possible.

 

But yeah, Menell has really showed the Wild they should give him a good opportunity to make the team. It has been a dominating effect by him, on a team that is a good KHL team but not the absolute elite of that league. The Finnish center prospect Lundell has also played really well, but I'm hoping Rossi was still the right choice.

I hope too, that Menell will get the opportunity to make the Wild team after his impressive play in KHL during pandemic  conditions. Regarding Rossi,  I have the same opinion, but I am more skeptical regarding  longevity of the positive effect of vaccines, because the antibodies on COVID virus creating a short term of their active life (about 3 months). It is not like a TB (BCG) vaccine when it is holding their antibodies effect almost entire life (Mantoux test  on TB is practically always positive for vaccinated against TB people).  I am more hoping that the globe will be passing 67% of the COVID viral infection sooner according to the data of some research for building body memory on this infection. 

 

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      I agree LIG with you  , everyone has his own personal opinion, personal info and personal experience regarding many things in our life, including COVID too.  I am working in a medical field for many years (43);and  in cardiac surgery since 1984 and of course, I have seen many cardiac complications after viral diseases as well as after flu including acute cardiac failure or chronic cardiac insufficiency. In my opinion, we need to get starting to live with COVID as we did with flu disease for 100
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