A legitimate one-sentence question from Brooks: will the NHL still need taxi squads in a COVID world?

I’ve tried to not hammer home my take on the coronavirus and vaccination, but as someone who is probably recovering from long-haul COVID and is living with an immune-compromised aunt, I strongly believe that those of you who are able to get vaccinated need to protect both yourself and others by getting vaccinated…

As we’re seeing in society and sports, however, there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation about the concept of vaccination in itself, and the New York Post’s Larry Brooks offers a one-sentence question that’s very valid in his weekly notebook today:

So if COVID-19 outbreaks persist into the autumn, won’t the NHL have to maintain taxi squads for a second year in order to ensure clubs have enough players to play in case of a rash of game-day positive tests?

Regardless of where we are as a society, we are going to be living with the coronavirus for the foreseeable future, and, as we’ve seen this summer, virus mutations are going to yield breakthrough cases, even among the most forward-thinking NHL teams. It’s entirely possible, if not probable, that NHL teams are going to find themselves scrambling to contain outbreaks going forward into the 2021-2022 season.

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