The final Monday before Christmas brings us three more stories to get into:
Cross-border games are a no-go for right now
COVID-19 and the omicron variant continue to disrupt the sports calendar and has resulted in multiple NHL teams being forced to take an early Christmas break.
All Canadian teams have been shut down until after the holiday due to all seven having games against American opponents. Some wonder if it means we'll see the return of the all-Canadian division. It's a great idea in concept, but re-jigging divisions midway through a season would likely cause too many headaches.
The possibility of no NHL involvement at the Olympics opens up quite a few questions
The biggest NHL-centric topic outside of how to handle COVID-19 sidelining schedules and players has been its impact on the Beijing Olympics. Multiple reports have said it's unlikely NHLers will travel to China -- so what about replacements from across the globe? What if they don't want to go?
The idea of that happening in reality now may not be as clear as it once was, as reported by our own Steven Ellis that Canada has pulled out of the Spengler Cup. February is not that far away and there are still quite a few questions that have to be answered.
The Stastny family hits another milestone
The Stastny family holds a long legacy in the NHL, and Paul Stastny added to that last week.
In the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, Paul was able to become the second member of the family to record 500 assists. The first? His father, the Hockey Hall of Famer, Peter.