The Vancouver Canucks have added five players to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list as of Friday.
That brings the team total to seven players and a member of the coaching staff.
Alex Edler, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen, Antoine Roussel, and Braden Holtby were added to the list on Friday, joining Adam Gaudette and Travis Hamonic. The member of the coaching staff has not been identified.
Vancouver has seen the postponement of four games through April 6.
A total of eight games have been postponed in the North Division this season, with four Montreal Canadiens games postponed in late March after Jesper Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia were added to the protocol list.
The Habs returned to practice on March 29.
The next slated game for Vancouver is April 8 against the Calgary Flames. They can’t return to practice prior to April 6.
“The reaction to me is that very clearly they’re obviously on top of it and controlling it,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said Friday prior to the addition of extra players to the list. “I think the league mandated three or four games and they’re off a week. That’s basically all we can do in terms of hearing that story. We get tested every day, that’s the way it works. Hopefully, they’re negative tests tomorrow.”
In Gaudette’s case, he was added to the protocol list on Tuesday after leaving practice following a positive test for COVID-19.
“I guess there’s always reminders as far as the importance of your safety, and following the guidelines and the rules that the league has set forth,” Canucks head coach Travis Green said Wednesday. “And not just the league, but the government.”
The NHL has rescheduled a total of 50 games since the start of the season, 45 of which have to do with health and safety protocols. Five games were postponed due to weather. The season’s end date has subsequently been pushed back to May 11.
“Whether we have someone that gets it or not, everyone is trying their best to abide by the protocols,” Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said. “The timing is obviously not great – there’s no good timing – but it doesn’t change anything. No matter what the circumstances, no one wants to get it, not one wants to spread it, nothing changes.”
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