Boston Bruins

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 30: The NHL logo displayed behind a hockey net during intermission between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on January 30, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Bruins aren’t the only team who will find themselves on the sidelines through the National Hockey League’s holiday break.

Just a couple of days after the NHL decided to postpone all of the COVID-ravaged B’s games through Dec. 26, the NHL and NHLPA have reportedly agreed to pause the entire league slate through the break, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

“Hearing NHL/NHLPA will agree to pause season Wednesday through Christmas Day,” Friedman reported late Monday night. “Players will return to team facilities on 26th — one day earlier than usual — so that testing can be resumed.”

The league’s reported decision comes amid countless players landing in the NHL COVID protocol and numerous postponements throughout the weekend and into the new week. Monday was a great example of that, as the NHL slate originally featured five games dropped down to just one by way of postponements.

This doesn’t change much for the Bruins, of course, as they were already on pause throughout the upcoming holiday break. During this pause, the Bruins are not allowed into Warrior Ice Arena facilities unless they’re rehabbing an injury, and they are not allowed to take part in any sort of on-ice activities, according to general manager Don Sweeney.

The Bruins are currently slated to resume play Dec. 27 against the Penguins.

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