Daily Roundup: Connor McDavid recovers from COVID-19, teams going retro and more

Updated: October 20, 2020 at 1:57 pm by Zach Laing

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Connor McDavid recovers from COVID-19

Weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has recovered. In a statement released Tuesday, the team said McDavid only experienced mild symptoms and was feeling well.

“He’s feeling well, fully recovered. He’s taking all the precautions, of course,” Oilers Entertainment Group Senior Vice President Tim Shipton said.”(McDavid) went into the 14-day quarantine to take care of himself and his loved ones, and of course the folks that he’s training with.”

NHL teams are going retro

Weeks after the Calgary Flames announced they were going to full-time retro jerseys in the 2020-21 season, the Washington Capitals appear to be preparing to bring back a new twist on a classic.

According to Icethetics, the look for new Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers jerseys have been leaked. The dip back into the ’80s and ’90s is tremendous, as far as I’m concerned.

Icethetics also reported that it’s believed each team will have some sort of retro jersey that they will don at some point next season.

Mikheyev wants to get paid

Arbitration filings between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ilya Mikheyev are off by $1.7-million, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported. This year was his first in the NHL where he played in 39 regular season games scoring eight goals and 23 points. In the playoffs, he appeared in five games scoring no points.

The 26-year-old joined the Leafs after playing the last four season with Avangard Omsk in the KHL.

As TLN writer Mark Norman wrote last week, the Leafs have a strong case against Mikheyev in arbitration largely due to the limited number of games played. His 39 games played are the least by any of the 14 players to have their cases heard by an arbitrator since 2014.

Former NHL’er Nail Yakupov traded again

Nail Yakupov is off to his third KHL team in the last calendar year. The former 2012 first overall pick has proven to be one of the biggest draft busts in league history and just got traded again.

Yakupov has been traded from Amur Khabarovsk to Avangard Omsk in exchange for cash. He had spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with SKA St. Petersburg and had signed with Khabarovsk to start the year.

There, he had scored one goal and seven points in 15 games ahead of joining Omsk.