Well, it was bound to happen and it didn’t take long. The first NHL player has tested positive for COVID-19.
This comes five days after the NHL announced it would pause its 2019-20 season due to the outbreak of the pandemic.
The player in question is an unnamed member of the Ottawa Senators.
The club released the following statement:
“The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials,” the statement says. “As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff.”
The Senators played all three teams from California, including the San Jose Sharks on March 7. California is one of the states most affected by the virus.
KHL suspends playoffs
The KHL has decided to suspend the Gagarin Cup playoffs in accordance with the recommendations of Russia’s Ministry of Sport and the decisions of regional authorities.
If, by April 10, the present restrictions are lifted or eased, the league will be ready to continue with the playoffs. In that event, the format and timetable for the revised season will be announced on the league’s official online resources. A change in format is necessary as two non-Russian clubs dropped out of the playoffs, leaving six teams in the quarterfinals.
NHL Players make proposal to save the season
According to TSN, there is talk among NHL players as to how they can save the rest of the 2019-20 season. From that came an aggressive proposal. The idea is that, after a short training camp period, we would see the league play out the remainder of the regular season later in July with the Stanley Cup playoffs running in August and September. This would allow for a one month offseason in October and would push back the start of a “condensed” 82-game 2020-21 regular season to November.
This is pretty similar to an idea I floated in the comment section of yesterday’s Caterwaul. My timelines were less aggressive and called for a truncated 2020-21 regular season.
Alright fellow Florida Panthers fans, let’s keep the chatter going in the comment section.