Another day, and another name added to the Canucks COVID Protocol List.
Nils Hoglander was the latest player to be added to the list on Monday, bringing the total number of Canucks on the list up to 17. There is also another player on the tax squad quarantining due to being a high-risk close contact, along with three members of the coaching staff who have tested positive.
That brings the total list of affected players up to 21.
According to Thomas Drance, an additional player is likely to be added today.
Thomas Drance - I have been able to confirm that the #Canucks will have one additional player on the COVID list today.— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) April 6, 2021
The Canucks are down to seven skaters who haven’t tested positive. They are Brock Boeser, J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, Jake Virtanen, Tyler Graovac, Jordie Benn and Nate Schmidt.
Benn, of course, previously tested positive but was asymptomatic.
- According to Sportsnet, at least a couple of other Canucks players have the antibodies built up as well.
- Brent Sutter is very worried about Brandon Sutter, who is feeling the symptoms of the virus. [Sportsnet]
Brent goes on to mention that Brandon has two kids and his wife is pregnant with their third. He is currently quarantining in the basement of their house.
Scary stuff. Get well soon, Brandon.
- Reporter Jack Todd wonders how the NHL can finish this season without another bubble. [Montreal Gazette]
- One of Vancouver’s most well-known sports personalities, Squire Barnes, comments on the Canucks COVID situation. [Global News]
- In case you missed it, here are five ramifications from the Canucks COVID crisis. [Nucks Misconduct]
- A sliver of good news as the Canucks have begun preliminary contract talks with Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. [Sportsnet]
- Eric Staal scored the overtime-winner in his Montreal debut, giving the Habs a 3-2 win over the Oilers. [Eyes on the Prize]
For those still keeping track, the Habs are now eight points ahead of the Canucks with two games in hand. Montreal plays the Maple Leafs in Toronto tomorrow before beginning a six-game homestand.
- The Flames, on the other hand, are heading in the other direction. Their 35 points are tied with the Canucks, although the Flames have now played three more games.
They’re 2-8 in their last 10 games overall after losing to the Maple Leafs 5-3 on Sunday night. Leafs’ goalie Jack Campbell also ties a franchise record with his ninth win in a row. [CBC]
- Finally, the City of Humboldt, Saskatchewan has announced a $25 million tribute centre to honor players, on the three-year anniversary of the bus crash that claimed 16 lives. [CBC]