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The NY Rangers are investigating how a Zoom fan Q&A with prospect K'Andre Miller was infiltrated by repeated racial slurs on Friday. The Rangers said “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible. We were incredibly appalled by this behavior, which has no place online, on the ice, or anywhere.” The NHL condemned it as well, saying “the person who committed this despicable act is in no way an NHL fan and is not welcome in the hockey community.”

Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski

The NHLPA will decide by Tuesday whether to contribute all, part or none of the players’ final 2019-20 paycheck into escrow, in preparation for the NHL’s revenue shortfall this season. Revenues are split 50/50 between players and owners; escrow is withheld to make up any deficit. The impact of COVID-19 on NHL revenues could impact player escrow withholdings for multiple seasons. Players are debating this proactive move vs. collecting their last check during a season “pause” of undecided length.

Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski

LA Kings coach Todd McLellan recalled the “eerie” feeling of playing the NHL’s final game before pausing its season. They hosted Ottawa on March 11, right after the NBA halted a game due to Rudy Gobert’s COVID-19 symptoms. “As soon as that happened, the mood changed in the locker room. It became a little more eerie. Players’ minds were somewhere else,” he said. While two Ottawa players have since tested positive for COVID-19, McLellan said no one with the Kings' group has "showed any symptoms."

Greg Wyshynski
Greg Wyshynski