UPDATE: Multiple reports are suggesting that the Canucks game against the Leafs on Saturday will also be postponed. The reports suggest that the Canucks will play the Leafs on Sunday and Monday instead.
Told Saturday game postponement and Leafs here Sunday/Monday — instead of Saturday/Monday — has been discussed but not finalized. With Oilers postponement Friday, allows two additional days of recovery, practices. #Canucks— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) April 15, 2021
Can’t confirm @FriedgeHNIC’s report, but an NHL source indicates: “Looks like the games will move”.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) April 15, 2021
Team sources with TOR/VAN don’t appear to have confirmation.#Canucks players expecting to play Sunday and Monday, with an extra 48 hours - and 2 on-ice sessions - to get ready.
The original article is below.
It looks like J.T. Miller’s comments have brought forth some action by the NHL.
Oilers/Canucks — originally scheduled for tomorrow night — will be postponed. Not sure yet about Maple Leafs/Canucks on Saturday.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 15, 2021
Got confirmation from high ranking NHL source Edmonton is not flying to Vancouver today. Will not play Canucks tomorrow.— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) April 15, 2021
This is a small victory for the Canucks after the league asked them to do the impossible and play 19 games in 31 days after suffering the worst COVID-19 outbreak in North American sports.
Miller came out on Wednesday and talked about the ridiculousness of what the league is asking the Canucks to do.
“I’m a very competitive guy, but at the same time, this isn’t about hockey right now. It’s about the health and safety of our players and their families. We have to make sure our priorities are in the right place.” - J.T. Miller— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 14, 2021
Miller, who was one of the few Canucks to not test positive for COVID-19, stated that he doesn’t feel ready to play.
If he’s not ready to play, how about the Canucks players who were actually hit hard by the virus?
According to Miller and Tanner Pearson’s interviews from earlier this week, the COVID outbreak affected not only the players, but family members as well.
We’ll keep you updated on whether the Canucks next game against the Toronto Maple Leafs — scheduled for 4:00 pm Pacific Time — will take place.
In the meantime, Kyle Bhawan and I talked the brutality of Bill Daly’s comments and Francesco Aquilini’s silence on the latest episode of Sippin’ On A 40.
You can also read about some of our other writers’ thoughts on the situation below.