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NHL Postpones Flames' Games Through Dec 16

The NHL announced that all Calgary Flames games have been postponed through Dec. 16 due to COVID-19 concerns.
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the NHL season. 

On Monday morning, the league announced that they have postponed all Calgary Flames games scheduled between now and Dec. 16 in response to a reported six players and one staff member entering COVID-19 protocols within a 24-hour period. 

The Flames are now the third team to have their games postponed this season due to virus-related concerns, after the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders were paused in November, bringing the total number of re-scheduled games to eight, at the moment. 

Not only does this new wave of outbreaks pose a significant threat to the health of the players amid growing cases around the world, but it also throws the NHL's participation in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics into jeopardy. 

With such a large number of postponed games to cram into an already condensed schedule, and with the NHL also observing an All-Star break mid-season, the league may opt against pausing its season for three weeks in February to allow players to participate in a tournament that does not have any direct financial benefit to them. 

The deadline for the NHL to make a decision on whether it will send its players to Beijing is on Jan. 10. 

Following today's news, all eyes will be on the league as it weighs its options.  

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