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Josh Archibald out indefinitely after being diagnosed with heart condition following bout with COVID-19

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Josh Archibald’s decision to be against the COVID-19 vaccine may have impacted his long term health.

The Edmonton Oilers announced that the veteran forward will be sidelined indefinitely after blood tests determined he had a serious heart condition known as myocarditis. It was also revealed he contracted COVID-19 during the summer. Many health experts have warned about how the virus’ side effects could lead to the heart condition.

“He had a severe viral infection coming out of his quarantine…What the tests showed is that at some point this summer he’d had COVID, and he tested positive for the antibodies.” said Oilers head coach David Tippett.

“He has also been diagnosed with myocarditis.”

Archibald, 28, has been one of the few players who have been publicly outspoken about their opposition to the vaccine. Past tweets from his personal Twitter accounts show him referring to COVID-19 as the “plandemic” and calling for Dr. Fauci to be sent to prison.

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Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon will miss season opener after testing positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche will be without a key player to open the season.

The team announced that All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon will be out for tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says MacKinnon is asymptomatic and resting at home until the virus leaves his system.

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Rangers to retire Henrik Lundqvist’s jersey number at Madison Square Garden on January 28

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The New York Rangers are set to honour one of their best goalies of all-time in a big way.

The team announced they will retire Henrik Lundqvist’s number 30 prior to their game at Madison Square Garden against the Minnesota Wild on Friday, January 28, 2022.

The five-time All-Star will become the 11th player in Rangers history to have his jersey retired, joining the likes of Brian Leetch (2), Rod Gilbert (7), Mark Messier (11), and Mike Richter (35) to name a few.

“Having his No. 30 etched in history forever is so well-deserved for a man who has done so much for the city of New York, on and off the ice. It will be a special moment for the entire organization.” said Rangers GM Chris Drury.

The 39-year old posted a 459-310-96 record, 2.43 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 64 shutouts over a span of 887 career games and 15 seasons, all with the Rangers organization.

He currently holds franchise records in wins, shutouts, games played, saves, and total ice time.

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Blue Jackets ink goalie Elvis Merzlikins to five-year extension

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have committed to their number 1 goalie for the foreseeable future.

The team announced that they have re-signed veteran goalie Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million contract extension. The deal, which will carries an annual average value of $5.4 million, will run through the 2026/2027 NHL season.

“Goaltending is a position of strength for our team and Elvis Merzlikins has been an important part of that over the past two seasons so we are very excited to have agreed to terms on a contract extension that will keep him in Columbus for at least the next six years,” said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen.

“He is big, athletic and has a tremendous passion for the game and we believe he will be an integral part of our success in the coming years.”

The 27-year old, who was selected 76th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, had made his NHL debut back in 2019 and has done nothing but succeed between the pipes. In 61 career games, he has posted a 21-21-13 record, 2.54 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and seven shutouts.

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