Vancouver Canucks place eight players in COVID protocol
April 2George KurtzSportsGrid
The Vancouver Canucks now have eight players in the COVID protocol, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports. The Canucks have already been shut down until at least Monday, but that may have to be extended if they can’t get any of those eight players to return or if more are added. Those eight players are center Adam Gaudette, left-wing Antoine Roussel, right-wing Zack MacEwen, defensemen Travis Hamonic, Quinn Hughes, Alexander Edler, goaltender Braden Holtby and one unidentified player that is currently on the taxi squad.
The team could probably survive the losses of Gaudette, Roussel, MacEwen, and Holtby, but losing three starting defenders is asking too much. It would undoubtedly put the Canucks at a disadvantage. The Canucks are next scheduled to play Tuesday in Winnipeg, which would start a six-game road trip for the team. Even if that game were to occur, it would seem highly unlikely that all seven of these players would be cleared for action.
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