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Vax’s position in NHL doesn’t bode well for NY Islanders rookie

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The difference between being a vaccinated NHL player and an unvaccinated player will be huge during the 2021-22 season. While only 10 to 15 NHL players go unvaccinated, the New York Islanders do, and Bode Wilde’s future with the club is therefore uncertain.

Wilde, a club’s 2018 second-round pick, was due to attend the team’s training camp this week, before it was discovered that Wilde had yet to be vaccinated. The right-handed defenseman has spent part of the last two seasons with the Islanders AHL affiliate at Bridgeport, and despite the likelihood of him returning to the minors, New York obviously wanted to see him against NHL-caliber competition.

Due to his vaccine status, however, he was not invited to camp and will instead be forced to find another place to play.

Here are Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello’s comments on the state of the team, courtesy of the show’s friend Mollie Walker:

Another friend of the series, Andrew Gross, clarified the comments and included a rather irritable Instagram comment from Wilde:

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stepped in, offering some sympathy to the young player:

Twitter, however, was not so nice:

Unfortunately, vaccination is a two-way street. It is absolutely a human right to choose whether to get vaccinated or not. Bode Wilde was never forced to shoot. That being said, companies and governing bodies also have the right to establish mandates and guidelines for the safety of others.

And, when all is said and done, a young Islanders defenseman finds himself homeless. Are the Islanders and the rest of the league doing the right thing?

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