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The National Hockey League has announced eight more players have tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 4,934 tests were conducted on over 600 players that took part in phase two activities with a total of 30 tests coming back positive — a spike of seven cases since the league’s last batch of testing was announced on July 6th.

Beyond phase two protocols, the league identified one additional case of COVID-19 in a player bringing that total to 13 cases.

The league said all players who tested positive were/have been in self-isolation and were/are following CDC and Health Canada protocols.

As the league transitions to the start of phase three and training camps, the league says they will continue to give regular updates on the number of tests administered to all players and the results. The NHL will not be providing information on the identity of the players, or club they play for.

On Twitter: @zjlaing

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For the first time in four months the Calgary Flames took to the practice ice on Monday as they began Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play protocol. As you can imagine, it was a little weird.

Here’s a roundup of news and developments from Day 1 of camp.

Power play units, per Pat:

  • PP1: Tkachuk, Quine-Monahan-Lindholm, Gustafsson
  • PP2: Ruzicka, Gawdin-Backlund-Phillips, Giordano

(Speculation: Quine appears to be a Gaudreau placeholder; Ruzicka appears to be a Lucic placeholder; Gawdin and Phillips appear to be placeholders for Dube and Mangiapane, respectively.)

Dillon Dube and Buddy Robinson weren’t on the ice for either group. Per the club, they were “unable to participate.” As noted, clubs will not be providing any information about player absences beyond that during Phases 3 and 4.

When asked about the composition of the groups – it’s a bit odd that Johnny Gaudreau wasn’t with his usual linemates, for example – interim head coach Geoff Ward noted that it was dictated by “circumstances that became apparent last week” and then he answered a follow-up question by noting that he’s unable to elaborate. So interpret that as you will.

Noted by Postmedia’s Kristen Anderson: goalie coach Jordan Sigalet was the only on-ice coach wearing a facemask. Sigalet has multiple sclerosis, so him wearing a facemask makes complete sense.

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Neil Manning (D)
From: Angers
To: Angers
Information: 1 year
Source: Link

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Bowdyn Neely (D)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Oliver Endicott (F)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

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The Vancouver Canucks kicked off their second training camp of the 2019-20 season today, and CanucksArmy is ready to bring you the top stories for the entirety of it. Here’s what went down today.

Ferland Unfit to Play on Day One

The biggest news of the day came at 10:59 AM when the team announced that forward Micheal Ferland was unfit to play. This is concerning for a myriad of reasons given Ferland’s well-documented concussion history — along with the obvious fear of someone contracting Covid-19.

General Manager Jim Benning spoke with media at 12:30 but informed us that we’d have to get used to hearing the term “unfit to play” in compliance with the NHL’s Phase 3 and 4 injury update protocols.

What Benning did say, however, was that there was no reason to be alarmed about Ferland’s absence, which leads one to believe that his absence isn’t related to his past history with concussion problems, which sidelined him for most of this season.

Benning refutes Boeser trade rumour

Jim Benning seemed especially irritated when he was asked to comment on the notion that the organization was open to trading forward Brock Boeser. Benning said there were no truth to those rumours and doubled down by saying he has no intention of trading Boeser.

“I have no intention of trading Brock Boeser. I haven’t had one conversation about that, so I don’t know where this stuff comes from.”

Benning added that it’s not easy to add natural goal scorers like Boeser to a team, and that he has no interest in moving him. Breathe that sigh of relief, Canucks fans.

Boeser refutes Boeser trade rumour

Boeser was asked about the trade rumours as well, and said he wasn’t too pleased with the report either.

“The timing of the tweet, I thought it was pretty questionable…last time I checked the trade deadline has passed…I think it was pretty unnecessary.”

Boeser also added that he spoke with Jim Benning who reaffirmed that he had no intention of trading him.

Boeser says he’s feeling good both mentally and physically and can’t wait to get going in the play-in series vs. the Wild.

Troy Stecher does not puke

After the events of the last few training camps, Dan Murphy and Brendan Batchelor, and really, all of us, were on #PukeWatch after Troy Stecher participated in the team bag skate toward the end of practice.

It looked like it might happen, however, it was just not meant to be:

Zack MacEwen skates with top 6

Brock Boeser and Zack MacEwen rotated in and out of the right-wing spot on Bo Horvat’s line during line rushes and drills, and MacEwen even saw multiple instances playing with Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller. Considering he played with Horvat at times prior to the season being paused, we could see him slide into the top six during the play-in series in the event of an injury.

Olli Juoevi looks good skating

During the first training camp, there were times where Olli Juolevi was labouring on his knee and even struggled to participate in some of the lower body stretches with his teammates.

Today, however, Juolevi was joined by his Utica Comets teammates for the Canucks’ Black Aces group practice. He lined up alongside Brogan Rafferty and was skating hard with no issues. The Black Aces group wasn’t forced to bag skate like the main group, but for Juolevi, so far so good.

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Cody McLeod (F)
From: Iowa Wild
To: Iowa Wild
Source: Link

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Bailey Perre (D)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Mark Friedman (D)
From: Philadelphia Flyers
To: Philadelphia Flyers
Information: 2 years
Source: Link

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Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Rudolf Huna (F)
From: HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
To: HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Information: 1 year
Source: Link

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The National Hockey League has announced eight more players have tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 4,934 tests were conducted on over 600 players that took part in phase two activities with a total of 30 tests coming back positive — a spike of seven cases since the league’s last batch of testing was announced on July 6th.

Beyond phase two protocols, the league identified one additional case of COVID-19 in a player bringing that total to 13 cases.

The league said all players who tested positive were/have been in self-isolation and were/are following CDC and Health Canada protocols.

As the league transitions to the start of phase three and training camps, the league says they will continue to give regular updates on the number of tests administered to all players and the results. The NHL will not be providing information on the identity of the players, or club they play for.

On Twitter: @zjlaing

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For the first time in four months the Calgary Flames took to the practice ice on Monday as they began Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play protocol. As you can imagine, it was a little weird.

Here’s a roundup of news and developments from Day 1 of camp.

Power play units, per Pat:

  • PP1: Tkachuk, Quine-Monahan-Lindholm, Gustafsson
  • PP2: Ruzicka, Gawdin-Backlund-Phillips, Giordano

(Speculation: Quine appears to be a Gaudreau placeholder; Ruzicka appears to be a Lucic placeholder; Gawdin and Phillips appear to be placeholders for Dube and Mangiapane, respectively.)

Dillon Dube and Buddy Robinson weren’t on the ice for either group. Per the club, they were “unable to participate.” As noted, clubs will not be providing any information about player absences beyond that during Phases 3 and 4.

When asked about the composition of the groups – it’s a bit odd that Johnny Gaudreau wasn’t with his usual linemates, for example – interim head coach Geoff Ward noted that it was dictated by “circumstances that became apparent last week” and then he answered a follow-up question by noting that he’s unable to elaborate. So interpret that as you will.

Noted by Postmedia’s Kristen Anderson: goalie coach Jordan Sigalet was the only on-ice coach wearing a facemask. Sigalet has multiple sclerosis, so him wearing a facemask makes complete sense.

Rss

Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Neil Manning (D)
From: Angers
To: Angers
Information: 1 year
Source: Link

Rss

Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Bowdyn Neely (D)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

Rss

Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Oliver Endicott (F)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

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The Vancouver Canucks kicked off their second training camp of the 2019-20 season today, and CanucksArmy is ready to bring you the top stories for the entirety of it. Here’s what went down today.

Ferland Unfit to Play on Day One

The biggest news of the day came at 10:59 AM when the team announced that forward Micheal Ferland was unfit to play. This is concerning for a myriad of reasons given Ferland’s well-documented concussion history — along with the obvious fear of someone contracting Covid-19.

General Manager Jim Benning spoke with media at 12:30 but informed us that we’d have to get used to hearing the term “unfit to play” in compliance with the NHL’s Phase 3 and 4 injury update protocols.

What Benning did say, however, was that there was no reason to be alarmed about Ferland’s absence, which leads one to believe that his absence isn’t related to his past history with concussion problems, which sidelined him for most of this season.

Benning refutes Boeser trade rumour

Jim Benning seemed especially irritated when he was asked to comment on the notion that the organization was open to trading forward Brock Boeser. Benning said there were no truth to those rumours and doubled down by saying he has no intention of trading Boeser.

“I have no intention of trading Brock Boeser. I haven’t had one conversation about that, so I don’t know where this stuff comes from.”

Benning added that it’s not easy to add natural goal scorers like Boeser to a team, and that he has no interest in moving him. Breathe that sigh of relief, Canucks fans.

Boeser refutes Boeser trade rumour

Boeser was asked about the trade rumours as well, and said he wasn’t too pleased with the report either.

“The timing of the tweet, I thought it was pretty questionable…last time I checked the trade deadline has passed…I think it was pretty unnecessary.”

Boeser also added that he spoke with Jim Benning who reaffirmed that he had no intention of trading him.

Boeser says he’s feeling good both mentally and physically and can’t wait to get going in the play-in series vs. the Wild.

Troy Stecher does not puke

After the events of the last few training camps, Dan Murphy and Brendan Batchelor, and really, all of us, were on #PukeWatch after Troy Stecher participated in the team bag skate toward the end of practice.

It looked like it might happen, however, it was just not meant to be:

Zack MacEwen skates with top 6

Brock Boeser and Zack MacEwen rotated in and out of the right-wing spot on Bo Horvat’s line during line rushes and drills, and MacEwen even saw multiple instances playing with Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller. Considering he played with Horvat at times prior to the season being paused, we could see him slide into the top six during the play-in series in the event of an injury.

Olli Juoevi looks good skating

During the first training camp, there were times where Olli Juolevi was labouring on his knee and even struggled to participate in some of the lower body stretches with his teammates.

Today, however, Juolevi was joined by his Utica Comets teammates for the Canucks’ Black Aces group practice. He lined up alongside Brogan Rafferty and was skating hard with no issues. The Black Aces group wasn’t forced to bag skate like the main group, but for Juolevi, so far so good.

Rss



Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Cody McLeod (F)
From: Iowa Wild
To: Iowa Wild
Source: Link

Rss

Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Bailey Perre (D)
From: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
To: Okanagan Hockey Academy UK U18
Source: Link

Rss



Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Mark Friedman (D)
From: Philadelphia Flyers
To: Philadelphia Flyers
Information: 2 years
Source: Link

Rss

Status: Extension
Date: 07/13/2020
Player: Rudolf Huna (F)
From: HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
To: HK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Information: 1 year
Source: Link


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