- Matt Dumba is going to be out for a good chunk of time, so we tried to come up with some replacements to play next to Jonas Brodin, because he deserves the world. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler has the Wild’s prospect pool ranked at No. 8. Pretty good for a team that barely picks in the top-10. [The Athletic]
- Minnesota Wild head coach Dean Evason felt that a positive COVID-19 test was inevitable. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Minnesota Whitecaps fought really hard in their eventual defeat to the Toronto Six, before the NWHL bubble had teams leaving it. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Marco Rossi is missing out on an entire season of development because of lasting COVID-19 complications, but he wants to focus on his long-term health. [ESPN]
Off the trail...
- The Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders game that was supposed to happen last night was postponed due to COVID-19 protocol, but that wasn’t the only concerning thing. [Die By The Blade]
Source: "Buffalo is furious. ... They asked for more info from the league and from NJ on both Saturday and Sunday when Zajac and Palmieri went out" and they didn't get it. https://t.co/7sjs5AaHvU— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) February 2, 2021
- One NBA fan received a massive package full of Washington Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara’s gigantic sticks.
- Looks like Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian is making his way around the Tkachuk family and starting fresh rivalries.