With the current NHL campaign paused amid concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the league’s rosters will be frozen as of 5 p.m. ET on Monday, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The clarification comes after teams continued to move players between the AHL and NHL early Monday, despite league play being halted in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
According to Johnston, the league’s 31 teams have been told “that the four-recall rule post-trade deadline will continue to apply if the seasons resumes.”
The NHL’s 2019-20 season has been suspended for nearly a week, with the decision to halt play coming last Wednesday. While there seemed to be initial hope of a shorter hiatus, a new recommendation from the CDC on Sunday — barring all in-person events involving 50 people or more for the next eight weeks — pushed any potential return date until at least May.
With the situation continuing to evolve and the league’s response following suit, it was reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston Monday that players would be permitted to return home to any country, provided they stay in self-quarantine until March 27 once they get to their destination.
According to Johnston, the new guideline comes as part of “a new return-to-play protocol that would see training camps potentially reopen in late April for a playoffs that could run through late July.”
As well, the NHL said it will consider opening team facilities after that self-quarantine period, according to Johnston, to allow players to begin working out in small groups — depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops here and abroad.
Edmonton Oiler Leon Draisaitl hit hard on all fronts by COVID-19 – Edmonton Sun
If there is a poster boy for the impact COVID-19 is having on National Hockey League players, it might be Leon Draisaitl.
He is feeling the brunt of it this crisis on all sides, perhaps more than any other player in the league.
His home country is the fifth hardest hit on the planet, behind only the US, China, Italy and Spain. His family, like the rest of Germany, is in total lockdown in a nation that’s ground to a halt.
And even though hockey is pretty low on the depth chart of things to be worried about right now, he is taking the worst of it on that front, too.
When the NHL shutdown hit, he was roaring down the backstretch of the best campaign of his life, chasing down the triple crown of Hart, Art Ross and Ted Lindsay trophies while leading his Edmonton Oilers to the playoffs for just the second time in 14 years.
Normally it’s good to be Leon Draisaitl, but it’s been a tough month.
“Obviously we don’t know yet what’s going to happen in all the professional leagues,” said the Oilers centre, speaking on a video conference call with reporters Monday. “If we don’t get to play the playoffs it’s obviously frustrating, but I think the health of people at this time is more important. I think they’ve made the right decision so far.”
While Canada watches its number of confirmed cases rise every day, it’s been a gradual, upward trend rather than the dramatic spikes they’re having in Europe, where social distancing measures came too late to slow the attack.
Canada has just over 7,000 confirmed cases and 67 deaths, while Germany, with just over double the population, has 64,000 cases and 560 deaths.
“It’s obviously concerning,” said the 24-year-old. “My family is doing what they’re supposed to, they’re staying in. So far everyone is healthy. I hope that it stays that way back home. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Draisaitl admits he gave some thought to being with his family during this crisis, or bringing them here, but decided it was best for everyone to hole up where they are and wait this thing out.
“It definitely crossed my mind, but I don’t think it makes much sense for me to go there right now, especially since it’s worse over there than it is over here. I think I’m in a good place here right now, so I made the decision to stay.”
It’s where Draisaitl, and every other hockey fan in Edmonton, wait to see if he and the Oilers will get a chance to finish what they started.
“Just stay positive, stick with it,” he told fans. “Just like we are. We all want to get back to playing as soon as possible. Right now, there are more important things in the world going on and we have to accept that.”
With no real end to the global pandemic in site, it’s really tough to predict when, or if, the NHL will start up again. It’s the IF part that’s hard to accept right now. But even the insiders admit everything is up in the air and nobody knows where or when any of it is going to land.
“It’s tough for me to say. Obviously we get updates and that kind of stuff, but there is not really much for us to know. I think we all hope we’re going to get back to playing as soon as possible, but you never know what’s going to happen. That’s not up to us.
“It’s not an ideal situation for any of the players, but once a decision is made there will be some clarity. If it is hopefully going back to playing, then it will be very exciting. Everyone will be fired up to play again.”
So he will continue to work out the best he can, build puzzles and play with the dog while waiting, like the rest of us, to see how this real life disaster movie ends.
He’s tried watching some of the old hockey broadcasts, designed to help people through their NHL withdrawals, but he finds they have the opposite effect on him.
“I’ve watched a few sitting on the couch,” he said. “I watched Game 5 against San Jose a couple of years ago and to be honest it’s little bit of a tease. You start to miss it even more.
“Sometimes it’s better watching Friends than hockey.”
Follow me on twitter.com/rob_tychkowski
The Olympics and Paralympics have new dates – Canadian Cycling Magazine
The spread of COVID-19 has rapidly turned into a global pandemic and events have been called off throughout the world. As gatherings of all sizes have been cancelled or rescheduled, the future of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, one of the year’s biggest gatherings, has been a hot topic of discussion. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan initially announced they would make a decision about the future of the Games by April.
Unsatisfied with the announcement, and unwilling to put the health and safety of athletes at risk, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced the country would not participate in the Games if they were to take place in 2020. Other nations such as Australia and Brazil quickly followed suit, pulling out of the Olympics and urging the IOC to make a decision on the postponement of the 2020 Games.
On Mar. 24, Japan’s Prime Minister officially announced the postponement of the Games. The IOC and Japanese government agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan, as a “beacon of hope”. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
As the Olympic Flame reaches Tokyo: President Thomas Bach: “while we do not know how long the tunnel we are all in at this moment will be, we would like the Olympic Flame to be a light at the end of this tunnel.” @tokyo2020 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/ORVxrcqzoV
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 20, 2020
On Mar. 30, the IOC announced the new dates for the event. The Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 8, 2021 and the Paralympics will take place between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, 2021.
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 30, 2020
“I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge,” says IOC president Thomas Bach. “Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
Tavares thinking of New York friends ‘right in the fire’ of COVID-19 crisis – Sportsnet.ca
In his 11th year as an NHLer, John Tavares grasps the importance of each spring that passes without a deep playoff run. You only get so many chances.
Yet even as the COVID-19 pandemic puts another shot at realizing his Stanley Cup dreams in jeopardy, Tavares has taken a Zen approach to the indefinite pause on league action and life as we used to know it.
The Toronto Maple Leafs captain has savoured the unexpected extra time he’s had to help his wife Aryne care for their six-month-old baby, Jace, reading books on parenthood and opting for Nexflix’s new Babies docuseries over Tiger King — a “mindboggling” show Aryne has been streaming.
“Enjoying time with my son. Having that time with him has been fantastic,” Tavares said Monday, on an NHL-run Zoom conference Monday alongside Brady Tkachuk, Dylan Larkin and Zdeno Chara. (Tavares joked that the only reason he joined the call was to steal training tips from Chara.)
Tavares has poured time into his passion for cooking, and weather in his High Park neighbourhood on the west side of Toronto has been warm enough to fire up the barbecue.
Yes, he’s been keeping fit with the training equipment he keeps at his house — a few dumbbells and kettle bells, some resistance bands, and a bicycle — but with a return to action more likely months than weeks in the future, there will be plenty time to ramp back up into game shape.
“I think with the uncertainty, it’s a good time to kind of disconnect and relax as well,” Tavares, 29, explained. “We are fortunate with in the world we do live in, in terms of the social aspect and technology and the ability to stay in touch and communicate with loved ones.”
This week, Tavares’s thoughts are with New York, his home for nine years. A Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds arrived Monday in New York City as the number of deaths in the state from the outbreak has climbed above 1,200.
Tavares made a point to send well wishes to Islanders fans, staff and former teammates who are quarantined in a much more dangerous city.
“I know a few people that are really right in the fire of it and seeing kind of how it’s spreading and really making the impact that it is in New York,” Tavares said.
“I really hope everyone there is staying safe and following all the health recommendations, doing everything they can to stay healthy and to slow the spread and help all the people that are on the front line doing everything they can to keep everyone safe and taking a lot of risk themselves.”
— John Tavares (@91Tavares) March 25, 2020
It should go without saying that squeezing in more hockey playoffs falls a distant second to a world on alert. Tavares will be 30 when 2020-21 kicks off, and at the time of the pause, his Leafs were on a collision course for what could be an enticing Round 1 series versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“In Toronto, we certainly miss playing in front of our fans and going to Scotiabank Arena and competing to play in the playoffs and the opportunity that we had in front of us,” Tavares said.
“It’s a real special thing to be a Maple Leaf — and we never take that for granted and certainly miss it — but more importantly for everyone to stay safe and healthy and continue to follow all the recommendations from the experts and from the local authorities.
“From what I’ve seen, people have been really good in my area understanding that. We’re all here to support each other, help each other and do the best we can to get this back to normal as quickly as possible.”
Hubble telescope discovers Galaxy-ripping quasar tsunamis in space – The Next Web
Time for 'War Economy Planning' to Beat Coronavirus | Reporting Democracy – Balkan Insight
China’s March Factory Outlook Jumps as Global Threat Looms – Yahoo Canada Finance
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Popular Richmond BBQ spot speaks out about coronavirus rumours after man collapses outside restaurant – Vancouver Is Awesome
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports January housing sales up 42.4 percent
- Investment6 hours ago
Trez Capital Senior Mortgage Investment Corporation Announces 2019 Year End Results – Yahoo Finance
- Politics18 hours ago
Trump brings his tear-down-your-opponents politics to the coronavirus fight – The Washington Post
- Politics23 hours ago
On Politics: Trump Backs Off a Promise – The New York Times
- Art24 hours ago
Private Spaces art show opening in Truro – pictouadvocate.com
- Sports7 hours ago
Edmonton Oiler Leon Draisaitl hit hard on all fronts by COVID-19 – Edmonton Sun
- Economy14 hours ago
It could take three years for the US economy to recover from COVID-19 – World Economic Forum
- Art18 hours ago
Art Gallery of Peterborough shares children's art thanking local heroes – kawarthaNOW.com
- Health6 hours ago
More evidence of community transmission in 11th confirmed COVID-19 case – Owen Sound Sun Times