Bode Wilde will not be attending training camp with the New York Islanders. Today, the Islanders released their training camp roster and while almost everyone who was expected to attend was there, Wilde was the lone name missing.
It doesn’t take a detective to figure out why Wilde isn’t in attendance at camp. Just earlier this week, Lou Lamoriello stated that anyone who wasn’t vaccinated wouldn’t be participating and that they would find somewhere else for that player to play.
Lamoriello also aid there is one minor leaguer who wouldn’t get vaccinated. Are you picking up what I’m putting down just yet?
After playing in the OHL in 2018-2019 and part of 2019-2020, Wilde has spent the past two years with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 42 combined games, he has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists).
Wilde was selected by the Isles 41st overall back in 2018. He was rumored to be a first-round pick in that draft class but inexplicably fell to the second round. Through a small sample over two seasons, Wilde has struggled.
Now, instead of getting another go of it in the AHL, Lou will have to find another alternative for the 21-year-old defensemen.
This has been a story and will continue to be a story around the NHL as players begin reporting to camp. For instance, Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings is unvaccinated and will be forfeiting salary for games he’s unable to play in Canada. He will lose over $400,000 and miss at least eight games this season due to his decision.
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It should surprise no one that Lou Lamoriello, the ultimate team-first guy, has taken such a hard stance on the vaccination status of his players. Just like it’s Wilde’s choice to not get the shot, Lou Lamoriello has every right to set forth the set of rules that he sees as the best fit for his team.