Here’s the good news: the Canucks haven’t lost in over a week.
That’s not even an April Fools joke, that’s just the cold hard truth.
Of course, that came amidst unfortunate circumstances. We learned just over an hour prior to the scheduled puck drop on Wednesday night between the Canucks and Flames that the game had been postponed. This announcement came after an additional player and member of the coaching staff on the Canucks tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Here’s a rough timeline of events.
- The Canucks practiced in full as a team on both Saturday and Sunday.
- They took Monday off and practiced again on Tuesday
- Adam Gaudette was skating on a line with Jimmy Vesey and JT Miller, because Jake Virtanen was absent due to “feeling ill” (As far as we know, this isn’t COVID related).
- Gaudette was pulled off the ice midway through practice on Tuesday with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
- On Wednesday, Gaudette received a second positive test. An unnamed additional coach and player on the Canucks also tested positive.
- This led to the cancellation of the game between the Canucks and Flames on Wednesday night.
The Canucks next contest against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday is very much up in the air. That was supposed to be the first game of a seven-game road trip, where the Canucks were scheduled to play every other night.
Patrick Johnson of The Province believes that multiple cancellations could be in order.
Thought: A Canucks coach testing positive for Covid tells me team is getting shut down for a week at least. That staff works close together. Surely most will be close contacts. So even if some are negative, they’ll have to go into isolation protocol. And no AHL coaches to fill in— Patrick Johnston (@risingaction) April 1, 2021
Of course, many assumed that Wednesday night’s game would be postponed, but it took the league until the last minute to do so.
I mean, if Gaudette was in close contact with the entire team as late as Tuesday, how could they play?
On the Canucks, the league wasn't made aware of any additional issues late last night but sense is more time will be needed to assess everything. Whether Vancouver is looking at a few days or longer, don't know yet.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 1, 2021
In the meantime, here’s some other Canucks and NHL news to keep you entertained on this quasi-Friday.
- Of course, the big news yesterday was that Thatcher Demko officially became a rich man, [Nucks Misconduct]
- What’s the biggest concern about the Demko contract? Kyle Bhawan and I talked about that last night on the podcast network. [Sippin’ On A 40]
- Nate Schmidt is still trying to figure out the City of Vancouver. [Sportsnet]
- Last night’s postponement did Jacob Markstrom no favours. [TSN]
- Note to the Canucks...stop grabbing Maple Leafs castoffs. [Daily Hive]
- Finally, Harsunder posted his first article for us yesterday, outline two intriguing targets in a potential trade for Jake Virtanen. [Nucks Misconduct]