Okay MyBookie NHL betting enthusiasts, while the NHL has yet to announce the official start date for the 2020-21 regular season, there’s still a few things going down off the ice as we inch closer to the start of training camps and the ensuing 2020-21 campaign. With that thought in mind and another new week on hand, let’s find out what the latest rumors and news is out there so you can keep planning your bets against their NHL odds for the upcoming season.

Start Date Nearing, Hoffman and Laine NHL Rumors

NHL On Demand!

The latest rumor coming out of the NHL is that the league’s top crass wants a minimum of a 48-game schedule for the 2020-21 season. While an official start date has yet to be set, you can be certain that the new season won’t be a full, 82-game schedule, thanks to the still, surging COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the U.S. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2019-20 Stanley Cup championship in September, which usually is when the preseason is normally finishing. The NHL has reportedly targeted Jan. 1 as its start date, meaning hockey fans and betting buffs everywhere can expect another shortened season.

Who’s Getting a Hoffy?

While we all had a Huffy bike at one point in our lives, veteran forward Mike Hoffman remains as the top free agent still on the market. Hoffman has put at least 22 goals and 56 points on the board in six consecutive seasons and has the attention of several teams looking for scoring help, though he has yet to sign a deal. The Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings and Nashville Predators are all rumored to be after Hoffman, so stay tuned on this one NHL betting enthusiasts.

Give Me a Laine!

Simple and plain, give me a Laine! After numerous ongoing rumors had the Winnipeg Jets moving disgruntled forward Patrik Laine via an offseason trade, new reports say the Jets could hold on to the 22-year-old scoring machine, at least through the start of the 2020-21 campaign. Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, has put 247 points (138 goals and 109 assists) on the board in 305 games over his first four seasons in the league.

Ruh-Roh!

In the words of the immortal Scooby-Doo…Ruh-roh! New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo has made a big-time boo-boo NHL betting buffs. The 19th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft is in trouble for a post-election tweet he posted on Twitter last week.

“What happened to ‘COVID-19’ the last 48 hours?” (DeAngelo) asked the day after Election Day, the scare quotes doing some heavy lifting.

DeAngelo, who was born in Sewell, N.J., had his Twitter account, @tonydee07, deactivated Thursday, but the account was later “resurrected.” A Rangers spokesperson told the Boston Globe the incident was “handled internally.”

DeAngelo, a fan of President Donald Trump, tried to correct his mistake by offering a congratulatory tweet to President-Elect Joe Biden.

“Congrats to Joe Biden & wishing him all the best. Good luck! God bless the USA”

A restricted free agent just a month ago, DeAngelo signed a two-year, $9.6 million deal with the Rangers.


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