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What Does the Canucks' COVID-19 Outbreak Mean for the Rest of the NHL Season?


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VANCOUVER — The COVID-19 outbreak at the Vancouver Canucks’ facility has continued to worsen over the course of the Easter weekend.


On Saturday, the NHL published their list of players unavailable due to the COVID-19 protocol, adding seven names to the Canucks ledger, including Travis Boyd, Bo Horvat, Tyler Myers, Jayce Hawryluk, Thatcher Demko, Brandon Sutter and Tyler Motte. While 14 players are now publicly listed as being in the COVID-19 protocol, the actual number of names the club submitted to the league on Saturday includes other names of players on the taxi squad and an additional player that’s considered a “high-risk close contact.”


Additional unnamed members of the coaching staff are also now confirmed positives, team sources indicated to The Athletic.


While the club is hopeful that no further names will appear on the COVID-19 protocol list in the days ahead, it’s probably to be expected that more Canucks personnel will test positive, Canucks sources indicated to The Athletic on Saturday afternoon.


Of particular note on Saturday, one of the players listed by the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list included a player that has previously tested positive for COVID-19, forward Jayce Hawryluk, who discussed his experience with the virus with The Athletic this summer.


The P.1. variant of COVID-19 — first identified in Japan, but known colloquially known as the Manaus or Brazillian variant — has spiked in Vancouver locally. The P.1. variant is distinguished in part because of its ability to reinfect those that have previously suffered from other strains of COVID-19.


As for the schedule, officially, the NHL has stated publicly that they will try to get all 56 Canucks games in despite what the club is facing in terms of a multiweek shutdown as the scale of the outbreak worsens. Realistically, it would seem that’s going to be difficult to the point of being impractical.


“We are very concerned,” a league source told The Athletic. “Just when it looked like we were in the clear.”



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What I find interesting is that Stellick said on The Fan this morning that all US based teams are fully vaccinated.


I would think that zero Canadian based team have seen a single vaccination. If they do, all hell will break loose, here, as they'll be seriously jumping the qeue.


How is that going to play out in the playoffs?

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Big fish in small pond that's getting smaller.
I think calling them frauds is a bit harsh LOL. Not like they cheated or something. They didn't make up the division or schedule, they can only play who's in front of them.
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