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NHL Quick Hits: October 13th, 2021

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October 13, 2021
SOURCE: MICHAEL MARTIN/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: MICHAEL MARTIN/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

😷COVID-19: Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon has tested positive for COVID-19, and though he’s said to be asymptomatic, he will miss the Avs’ season opener tonight.

  • Despite the news, the league proudly boasted a 99% vaccination rate to start the season yesterday, with fewer than five players remaining unvaccinated. Impressive.

🤕Injuries...already: The Toronto Maple Leafs may have to start their season tonight — against the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET — without Mitch Marner, after the young star was injured during practice yesterday in a collision with Wayne Simmonds.

💰New deal: And speaking of the Canadiens, they signed one of their own young stars, Nick Suzuki, to a monster deal yesterday. After his starring role in the Habs’ deep postseason run, the 22-year-old signed an eight-year, $63 million contract extension. Not too shabby.