COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities

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COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
© Provided by The Gazette A man passes through a rainbow of colours at the vaccination centre at the Palais des congrès in Montreal. Authorities say there are many open time slots at the clinic, which vaccinates people with or without appointments.

Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Questions/comments: ariga@postmedia.com

Top updates

  • Quebec public health director goes solo
  • Video: Trudeau speaks to reporters
  • Université de Montréal lifts mask mandate for teaching staff
  • With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
  • Omicron subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says
  • Survey reveals widening gap between views of double-vaxxed and boosted people
  • Québec solidaire proposes creation of door-to-door vaccine brigades
  • Transport minister concerned trucker convoy becoming a lightning rod for far-right fringe
  • Québec solidaire proposes door-to-door ‘vaccine brigade’
  • ‘Enough is enough,’ says TMR restaurateur who has opened despite Quebec restrictions
  • Hospitalizations drop again as Quebec registers 73 deaths
  • Vaccine mandate for truckers not causing food shortage or empty shelves, feds say
  • Quebec’s high January death toll partly due to slow booster campaign, experts say
  • Aislin on the trucker convoy
  • Legault practising ‘the art of deconfinement,’ health expert says
  • Businesses divided over Quebec’s gradual reopening plan
  • Montreal restaurateurs wary, but hopeful, after reopening edict
  • Quebec COVID guide: Vaccinations, vaccine passports, testing, restrictions
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4:45 p.m.

Quebec public health director goes solo

Dr. Luc Boileau is going solo.

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic almost two years ago, a Quebec director of public health will hold a press conference without being accompanied by political leaders.

Boileau, who took over as interim director two weeks ago after Dr. Horacio Arruda stepped aside, is scheduled to hold a pandemic briefing tomorrow at 3 p.m. (I’ll have a video feed and live coverage.)

Boileau is normally accompanied by Premier François Legault and/or Health Minister Christian Dubé.

This time, he will be accompanied by Michèle de Guise, head of the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux, and Marie-France Raynault, a senior strategic medical advisor to the Health Department.

Since the start of the pandemic, observers have criticized the fact that Quebec’s public health director only held press conferences with political leaders, raising questions about the role of politics in the province’s COVID decisions.

Quebec’s joint press conferences are in contrast to some other provinces where public health briefings are separate from political ones.

Ensuring the independence of the public health director was among the top recommendations this month in a pandemic report by Quebec Health Commissioner Joanne Castonguay.

Asked about his independence on Tuesday, Boileau said he is not influenced by political leaders. However, he announced he would begin holding his own press conferences.

4:30 p.m.

Video: Trudeau speaks to reporters

4:05 p.m.

Université de Montréal lifts mask mandate for teaching staff

In a message emailed to Université de Montréal employees today, Rector Daniel Jutras announced that the institution will no longer require teaching staff to wear masks in class.

“There are several reasons for this change,” Jutras wrote. “First of all, the epidemiological context is changing rapidly. Between the time we adopted the measure and today, the situation has improved. The Quebec government also announced yesterday a gradual relaxation of certain health restrictions. The university is doing the same today, based on its own assessment of the current context of the pandemic.”

Teaching staff “can choose to wear the mask while teaching. In any case, we recommend that you only remove it for the time necessary to communicate the material. The same directive applies to students who are defending their thesis or making a presentation in class. Wearing a mask remains one of the most effective barrier gestures to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and we will continue to encourage staff and the student community to behave responsibly in this regard.”

The Université de Montréal returns to in-person teaching on Monday.

Read the full letter here.

3:35 p.m.

With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities

Quebec passed a somber milestone today.

With the addition of 73 deaths, the province’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed 13,000. The total is now 13,009.

With less than a week left in the month, January is already the fifth most deadly month since the pandemic began almost two years ago.

Some experts say part of the blame for the high mortality rate could be attributed to how slow Quebec was to ramp up booster shots to older people as the more transmissible Omicron variant took hold.

Premier François Legault has acknowledged that Ontario did better on third doses , accelerating the rollout while Quebec waited.

Dr. Quoc Dinh Nguyen, a gerontologist at Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, told The Canadian Press: “My hunch is that there is some sizable number of deaths and hospitalizations that could have been prevented if we had given our third dose earlier.”

Quebec was quick to administer third doses to residents of long-term care homes (CHSLDs) and private seniors residences. However, it lagged on reaching people over 70 living in the community , experts say.

2:50 p.m.

Omicron subvariant appears more contagious, but not more severe, Denmark says

From the Reuters news agency:

The BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which is dominant in Denmark and has been detected in British Columbia, appears more contagious than the more common BA.1 sub-lineage, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Wednesday in a national address.

“There is no evidence that the BA.2 variant causes more disease, but it must be more contagious,” Heunicke told a news conference.

The BA.1 lineage currently accounts for 98% of all cases globally but in Denmark has been pushed aside by BA.2, which became the dominant strain in the second week of January.

The UK Health Security Agency has designated BA.2 a variant under investigation, saying it could have a growth advantage.

Preliminary calculations suggest BA.2 could be 1.5 times more infectious than BA.1, Denmark’s top infectious disease authority, Statens Serum Institut (SSI), said in a note on Wednesday.

However, an initial analysis by the institute showed no difference in the risk of hospitalization for BA.2 compared to BA.1.

“There is some indication that it is more contagious, especially for the unvaccinated, but that it can also infect people who have been vaccinated to a greater extent,” SSI’s technical director Tyra Grove Krause said at the briefing.

This could mean the peak of Denmark’s epidemic will extend a bit further into February than previously forecast, Krause said.

BA.2 cases have also been registered in Britain, Sweden and Norway, but to a much lesser extent than in Denmark.

Denmark on Wednesday announced plans to scrap the last of its COVID-19 restrictions by Feb 1, the latest country in Europe to do so despite record high daily infection numbers.

2 p.m.

Survey reveals widening gap between views of double-vaxxed and boosted people

From The Canadian Press:

A new survey suggests a widening gap between the pandemic views of people who have opted to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster and those who are holding steady with only two shots.

A web panel survey carried out by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies shows 67 per cent of people with a booster dose who responded are afraid of contracting COVID-19, compared to just 52 per cent of those with two doses.

“We’re seeing what I call a ‘booster hesitancy,’ as opposed to a vaccine hesitancy, and it’s shaping some of their attitudes. Their level of concern about COVID is a bit different from the boosted. The degree to which they’re concerned about the vaccination is a bit different,” said Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies.

For instance, 82 per cent of boosted respondents said they supported vaccine mandates at shopping malls and retail outlets, compared to only 57.8 per cent of people with two doses.

And 79 per cent of boosted people responded that they strongly support vaccine mandates in other non-essential public places like bars, restaurants and gyms.

That’s compared to only 48 per cent of people with two vaccine doses.

There appears to be a growing split between the “boosted and the two-timers,” Jedwab said.

“The issue takes on a bit more complexity than it (had) previously,” he said.

People who received a booster shot were also more likely to respond that governments should not lift COVID-19 restrictions, at 85 per cent, compared to 71.5 per cent of people with two doses.

Generally, unvaccinated people responded at the other far end of the spectrum, with 65 per cent responding that COVID-19 restrictions should be lifted, and 94 per cent expressing opposition to vaccine mandates in shopping centres.

“They’re in a completely different place,” said Jedwab.

The results were gathered from 1,547 Canadians over the age of 18 between Jan. 7 and Jan. 9, and cannot be assigned a margin of error because the web survey did not randomly sample the population.

The number of COVID-19 cases have hit record highs in January thanks to the Omicron variant of the virus, which is said to be relatively more mild compared to past variants but can infect even vaccinated people.

Governments and public health officials have urged Canadians to get a third mRNA vaccine to protect them against the most serious effects of the virus, which has still sent people to the hospital in large numbers and threatened to overrun Canadian health systems.

The booster can also stave off the effects of waning immunity from the first two shots, which appear to offer less protection against contracting the virus over time.

1:50 p.m.

Québec solidaire proposes creation of door-to-door vaccine brigades

The opposition Québec solidaire proposed on Wednesday that the Legault government create a roaming vaccine brigade to go door to door and convince the unvaccinated to get the shot.

With an estimated 540,000 Quebecers still unvaccinated, QS said such a team would make more inroads than the province’s existing plan to reach hesitant Quebecers, which involves more pop-up clinics downtown in addition to a new hotline for people to call with questions.

Read our full story, by Philip Authier.

1:30 p.m.

Omicron sub-variant BA.2 detected in B.C.

A variant of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 that is more difficult to detect and is reported to spread more easily has arrived in B.C.

On Tuesday, the B.C. Health Ministry confirmed 66 cases of the BA.2 Omicron variant had been detected in the province using genome sequencing up until Jan. 21. Of these cases, 33 were related to “international travel surveillance,” the ministry said in a prepared statement.

Read our full story.

1:25 p.m.

Howard Stern asks Meat Loaf’s family to help sway anti-vaxxers

Howard Stern is appealing to the family of late musician Meat Loaf to publicly support COVID vaccinations.

“Poor Meat Loaf got sucked into some weird f——— cult,” said the SiriusXM radio show host in an episode on Tuesday. “And somehow really believed that — he made a statement, ‘I’d rather die a free man than take that vaccine.’ And now he’s dead!”

Read our full story.

1 p.m.

Transport minister concerned trucker convoy becoming a lightning rod for far-right fringe

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he is concerned “about the small number of far-right, vocal opposition that is polluting” the political debate sparked by a vaccine mandate for Canadian truckers.

Read our full story.

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Metro food store employees would have preferred raises to gift cards, union says

The Metro food store chain has once again offered its employees gift cards in recognition of their work throughout the pandemic. But the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union representing those employees, says the workers would have preferred a pay hike.

Read our full story.

11:40 a.m.

Chart: Current situation vs. one year ago

11:40 a.m.

Chart: Hospitalizations – vaccinated vs. unvaccinated

11:40 a.m.

Charts: Montreal, Quebec regions

11:40 a.m.

Charts: Quebec’s vaccination campaign

11:30 a.m.

Charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:15 a.m.

Québec solidaire proposes door-to-door ‘vaccine brigade’

The opposition @QuebecSolidaire proposes the creation of a “vaccine brigade” to go door-to-door to reach people who may not be aware or fear vaccination. #pandemic #Omicron

— Philip Authier (@PhilipAuthier) January 26, 2022

The vaccine squad would go to hoods with low vaccination rates. Address them in French or English or other languages to reassure them. @QuebecSolidaire

— Philip Authier (@PhilipAuthier) January 26, 2022

11:10 a.m.

‘Enough is enough,’ says TMR restaurateur who has opened despite Quebec restrictions

Restaurants can reopen at half capacity as of Monday.

At least one Montreal-area restaurant owner, however, was not willing to wait for the official green light, The Canadian Press reports.

Humza Chaudhry, co-owner of breakfast and lunch restaurant Baba & Zazu in Town of Mount Royal, said he reopened his dining room a few days ago and no longer worries about the consequences.

“Enough is enough. We’re done with it,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “Everything is open, if we don’t open we’ll go underwater.”

Chaudhry said his dining room is open to full capacity. He said that even if an official reopening is coming, he needed time to train his kitchen and floor staff and prepare them physically and mentally for a return to work.

The response from customers, he said, has been positive. “They feel like they’re getting out of prison.”

COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
© Graham Hughes Ali Chaudhry, co-owner of Baba & Zazu clears a table at his restaurant as a customer looks on, Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

11:05 a.m.

Hospitalizations drop again as Quebec registers 73 deaths

Quebec has recorded 4,150 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The case tally only includes people who received PCR tests at government screening clinics. It does not accurately reflect the number of cases since it does not include results of home rapid tests.

In addition, 73 new deaths were reported.

For the second day in a row, hospitalizations dropped.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update:

  • Montreal Island: 859 cases, 19 deaths.
  • Net decrease in hospitalizations: 8, for total of 3,270 (297 entered hospital, 305 discharged).
  • Net decrease in intensive care patients: 11, for total of 252 (31 entered ICUs, 42 discharged).
  • 38,734 PCR tests conducted Monday.
  • 80,131 vaccine doses administered over previous 24 hours.
10:45 a.m.

Federal government says vaccine mandate for truckers not causing food shortage or empty shelves

From The Canadian Press:

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is assuring Canadians there’s no reason to fear food shortages will result from a small minority of truck drivers refusing to comply with a vaccine mandate in order to cross the Canada-U.S. border.

In an interview, Alghabra said the large grocery store chains and other retailers have assured him they have plenty of goods to provide their customers, despite some labour shortages and supply chain bottlenecks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreover, he said there’s been no “measurable impact” on the number of trucks crossing the border since the vaccine mandate went into effect on Jan. 15.

Alghabra acknowledged that pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions and the role truckers play in ensuring the smooth flow of goods into the country are serious issues deserving of “rational and meaningful” debate and “even criticism” of government policy.

But he called out critics, including Conservative politicians, for exaggerating and embellishing the problems, spreading fear among Canadians already stressed by almost two years of coping with the global health crisis.

“I don’t want to minimize the fact that we have to remain vigilant and work together to address these issues (of supply chain disruptions),” Alghabra told The Canadian Press, adding he plans to hold a summit on the issue with retailers on Monday.

“But this notion that we’re going to starve is really unfortunate and does a disservice to Canadians, to Canadian society and to the debate that we need to be having.”

A convoy of truckers and others opposed to public health restrictions is on its way from British Columbia to Parliament Hill for a weekend “freedom rally” against mandatory vaccinations.

Some supporters of the convoy, including some Conservative MPs, have taken to social media to warn the vaccine mandate for truckers will leave store shelves empty. Some have gone so far as to predict Canadians will starve.

Still others, with more extreme, far-right views, have latched onto the protest. One online video includes a man expressing hope the rally will turn into the Canadian equivalent of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. took to social media Tuesday to endorse the Canadian truck convoy’s fight against “tyranny” and to urge Americans to follow suit.

Alghabra said he is “concerned about the small number of far-right, vocal opposition that is polluting much of our political debate.”

“It’s something that we all need to be aware of, we all need to call out,” he said.

“But at the same time, let’s not lose sight of this, that the vast majority of Canadians are vaccinated, the vast majority of truckers are vaccinated. Truckers as you and I are speaking today are delivering goods for Canadians.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has estimated that about 15 per cent of truckers — as many as 16,000 — are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It has strongly denounced any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges and has urged all truckers to get inoculated.

Last week I met with major Canadian grocery chains @Loblawco, Metro & @Sobeys to discuss their supply chains. I thanked them and their employees for their resilience and success. While we discussed current challenges, one thing is clear there are no food shortages for Canadians. pic.twitter.com/H8ozUh0zB7

— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) January 26, 2022

10:40 a.m.

Laval extends property tax due dates

[Taxes municipales 🏠] Dans la foulée de la crise sanitaire qui perdure et de ses impacts sur les finances des citoyens, la Ville de Laval annonce le report des 2 versements du compte de taxes foncières 2022, et ce, pour tous les propriétaires lavallois

➡ https://t.co/IrjjEpKvwh pic.twitter.com/db8NxUxepZ

— Ville de Laval (@villedelavalqc) January 26, 2022

10:35 a.m.

Quebec’s high January death toll partly due to slow booster campaign, experts say

January isn’t over, but with 1,144 COVID-19 deaths reported this month in Quebec, it’s already the fifth deadliest month of the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.

Two health experts say the high death toll is due, in part, to Quebec’s slow campaign to deliver booster doses to people 70 and older living outside institutional care.

Read our full story.

10:30 a.m.

Updated: Guide to COVID restrictions in Quebec

We have updated our guide to Quebec COVID-19 measures to reflect changes announced yesterday.

You can read it here.

10:10 a.m.

Palais des congrès vaccine clinic has many open time slots, health authority says

#VaccinationCOVID | De nombreuses plages horaires avec et sans rendez-vous sont actuellement disponibles pour les personnes âgées de 5 ans et plus au @Palais_Montreal. Présentez-vous dès maintenant! Nos équipes vous attendent!

👉 Sans r-v, de 8 h à 20 h

👉 Avec r-v, de 8 h à 21 h pic.twitter.com/OpJDV0zV55

— CIUSSS CentreSudMtl (@ciusss_csmtl) January 26, 2022

10 a.m.

Quebec lays out plan to ease restrictions on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7

The Quebec government had published a document and infographics to explain the changes in pandemic restrictions that will be implemented on Monday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 7.

COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities

9:25 a.m.

Aislin

COVID updates, Jan. 26: With 73 more deaths, Quebec passes grim milestone of 13,000 fatalities
© Aislin Editorial cartoon for Jan. 27, 2022.

9:20 a.m.

Legault practising ‘the art of deconfinement,’ health expert says

Quebec’s decision to gradually lift public health guidelines two weeks after saying its health-care system was on the verge of collapsing may seem premature, but some health experts say we’ve reached a point where there’s no other choice.

Read our full story, by Katelyn Thomas.

9:20 a.m.

Businesses divided over Quebec’s gradual reopening plan

On the surface, it may have seemed like good news, but reactions were mixed as Premier François Legault announced the easing of several public health regulations, Tuesday. Among them: allowing concert halls and cinemas to reopen at half-capacity as of Feb. 7, for up to 500 people.

“Honestly, I’m disappointed,” said Nick Farkas, vice-president of concerts and events at Evenko. “We were hoping for higher capacity, some kind of road map to getting back to 100 per cent quicker. It doesn’t make sense to put 500 people in MTelus, (Théâtre) Corona or Théâtre Maisonneuve, and only 500 at the Bell Centre.”

Read our full story, by T’Cha Dunlevy.

9:20 a.m.

Montreal restaurateurs wary, but hopeful, after reopening edict

Helen Karagiannakis is keeping her fingers crossed — “very crossed” — about the latest decree relating to the reopening of indoor restaurant dining on Jan. 31, as announced Tuesday by Premier François Legault.

Like so many other Montreal restaurateurs, Karagiannakis, director of operations and maître d of the elegant French eatery Le Club Chasse et Pêche, has lived a yo-yo-like existence for much of the last two years with regulations constantly changing. She is “breathing a sigh of relief” that her dining room will be allowed to reopen with 50 per cent capacity and a limit of four people from one or two families per table, but she is still apprehensive.

Read our full story, by Bill Brownstein.

9:15 a.m.

Quebec COVID guide: Vaccinations, vaccine passports, testing, restrictions

Vaccinations

Vaccine passport

  • Quebec’s vaccine passport, based on a downloadable QR code, is mandatory for people 13 and older who want to access certain services and activities.
  • The passport applies to restaurants, gyms and sporting events. Customers must also show vaccination proof at liquor and cannabis stores, as well as large surface retail outlets such as Canadian Tire, Costco and Walmart.
  • Quebecers can use the VaxiCode smartphone app (on Apple devices or Google Android devices) to show their QR code.
  • They can also simply print out their QR code and bring it with them on paper, or as an image on their phone.
  • Here’s our guide to downloading the QR code and setting up the app.
  • Our FAQ includes answers to key questions about the passport system.
  • The Quebec government has published a list of the places where a vaccine passport will be required.

Testing

  • Quebec now limits access to PCR tests at government screening centres to specific priority groups, such as health workers in direct contact with the public, Indigenous communities and the homeless.
  • The province is distributing free home rapid tests via pharmacies, but supply has been low.
  • Quebec has published a guide explaining when and how to use rapid tests, as well as a flowchart outlining what to do when you have results.

Pandemic restrictions

  • We are regularly updating our guide to what services are open, closed or modified in Montreal and Quebec.
  • The government has a website focused on current measures, organized by category. You’ll find rules regarding gatherings, activities, shopping, sports, schools and visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities and seniors’ homes.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Boston forward/center Robert Williams missed his third straight game with an injured left knee as the Celtics tried to keep their season alive Friday night in Game ... Read more »

Padres sign Robinson Canó, plan to use him off the bench

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a major league contract and plan to use him as a left-handed bat off the ... Read more »

WNBA star's Russia detention extended by 1 month

The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner says her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press the relatively short extension indicated ... Read more »

Louisiana justices toss COVID-related charges against pastor

Hundreds of thousands of Americans fighting long-haul symptoms from COVID-19 Dr. David Putrino from Mount Sinai Health System and COVID long-hauler Joel Fram discuss the long-term effects of the disease.The ... Read more »

Sandy Hook lawsuits against Alex Jones on track to resume

The Associated PressFILE – This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, photo shows radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones at Capitol Hill in Washington. The Sandy Hook families’ lawsuits against ... Read more »

Rockies' Bryant closer to return after cortisone shot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant took swings in the cage Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with a sore back nearly three weeks ago ... Read more »

Mariners demote Jarred Kelenic to minors after poor start

NEW YORK (AP) — Rather than make his Citi Field debut against the team that traded him, Jarred Kelenic was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners on Friday ... Read more »

Biden: ASEAN partnership 'critical' in this moment

Looking to strengthen ties, President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to Washington for the first time. “We’re launching a new era in U.S.-ASEAN relations,” ... Read more »

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson caught lightning in a bottle last year at Kiawah Island, winning a major championship at 50 years of age. The fairways flooded, and the golf world stood and ... Read more »

Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized remarks following the first ... Read more »

Lawyers plan suit against Lufthansa over Jewish passengers

Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board ... Read more »

Wild face offseason after yet another early ouster

While the Minnesota Wild were stacking up franchise records and securing the extra home game for the first round, general manager Bill Guerin carefully acknowledged a “great year” for the ... Read more »