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• Wild top pick Marco Rossi on his battle with COVID-19, which has kept him from playing this season: “They said they saw some inflammation in the blood. There was so much testing. In my whole life, I never had as much testing as I had in those weeks. It was crazy at that point, but I’m so thankful for the doctors and the whole organization that saw something was wrong. They told me that even if I had played one more game at the world juniors, it could have been the end.” [Ottawa Sun]
• The NWHL is doubling its salary cap to $300,000 for each of its six teams. That will results in salaries averaging $15,000 based on 20-player rosters [PHT]
• Former Atlanta Thrashers Bob Hartley and Ilya Kovalchuk are your 2020-21 KHL Gagarin Cup champions with Avangard Omsk. [KHL]
• By picking up points against teams they should be beating, the Rangers are keeping themselves in the playoff race. [Trentonian]
• Gerard Gallant will lead Canada’s entry at next month’s IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia. [Sportsnet]
• On the importance and the impact of 4-on-4 hockey. [NBC Sports Edge]