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The NHL season can be interrupted, but that doesn’t stop the front offices from getting the job done. Part of this work for the Seattle expansion franchise revolves around its as yet unannounced team name, although the group is nearing a revelation. This is what Seattle GM Ron Francis recently explained to journalists including Dan Rosen of, that although the organization is waiting for an appropriate time to announce, it should be as soon as possible:

We are still following this process with the League, we are working hard on the brand and the legal process. Trust me when I say it, our employees are working really hard, and as soon as we finish it, we will see how our community is doing and when is the right time to announce this name.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription required) followed up on the situation in Seattle today, noting that although construction of the new rink was halted for several days, it has now resumed and the NHL and Seattle organizations do not believe there will be a delay in their original timeline.

  • If the regular season or the playoffs resume at some point, the Columbus Blue Jackets could find their most impactful player. Seth Jones took Twitter to let his fans know he’s finally back on the ice as he continues to rehabilitate his surgically repaired ankle. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston jumped in responses to clear up some confusion, reporting that injured players like Jones have been allowed to use the team’s facilities in their rehabilitation programs. The team initially announced an 8-10 week deadline for Jones after surgery, which he performed on February 11.
  • The Edmonton Oilers have two draft picks that will have their exclusive draft rights expire June 1 if not signed, but GM Ken holland says 630 CHED today that negotiations continue with the two. Filip Bergland, 22, was chosen 91st overall in 2016 and has played the last four full seasons in the SHL, while the 21-year-old Markus Niemelainen has been the 63rd overall choice that year and has played in Finland for the past three seasons. Both players would become unrestricted free agents if they were not signed before the deadline.


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