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Second NHL player test positive for the virus

Florida Panthers v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

The Ottawa Senators announced a second player on the team has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Ottawa did not name the player, but did say he was part of their recent California road trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles before the league postponed its season last week.

No Florida Panthers players have tested positive thus far, although a worker at the BB&T Center has.

IIHF cancels 2020 World Championships in Switzerland

The 2020 IIHF men’s hockey world championships have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was supposed to take place in May in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland. (ESPN)

League business continues amid shutdown

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Raphael Lavoie to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced on Saturday. Lavoie, 19, was selected in the second round, 38th overall, by the Oilers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. (The Copper & Blue)

The Calgary Flames have signed defensemen Connor Mackey and Colton Poolman to one-year, two-way entry-level contracts. Mackey is a 23-year-old from Minnesota State who produced 24 points in 36 games last season. He’s 6’2” and 205 lbs and was reported to be quite sought after around the NHL. Poolman is 24-year-old who put up 17 points in 31 games for the University of North Dakota. (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

The New York Rangers have signed Western Michigan University forward Austin Rueschhoff to a two-year, entry-level contract. Rueschoff finished his collegiate career with a 35-35-70 stat line while skating in 105 NCAA contests. (Blueshirt Banter)

Speaking of Western Michigan, the St. Louis Blues signed center Hugh McGing to a two-year, entry-level contract. McGing produced 35 points in 35 games for the Broncos during his senior season. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Vancouver Canucks signed another Bronco, forward William Lockwood to a two-year entry-level contract. Lockwood produced 9 goals and 23 points as a senior. The Canucks took Lockwood with the 64th pick in 2016 Draft. Vancouver also signed German defenseman Marc Michaelis to a one-year deal. Michaelis spent the 2019-20 season with Minnesota State University. (Nucks Misconduct)

The Montreal Canadiens have signed minor-leaguer Alex Belzile to a one-year, two-way extension. Belzile scored 7 goals and 14 points in 20 games with the AHL’s Laval Rocket before the AHL canceled the remainder of its season. (Eyes On The Prize)

The Arizona Coyotes have signed Penn State’s Nate Sucese to a one-year entry-level contract. In his senior season for the Nittany Lions, the 23-year-old put 38 points in 34 games. (Five For Howling)

Update on Seattle naming process

Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise has not ruled out unveiling its highly anticipated name and logo while many of its fans are social distancing and self-quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The team told ESPN that it is still going through the name and logo trademarking process with the NHL, ensuring that it won’t have the same obstacles the Vegas expansion team did in trying to secure exclusivity on “Golden Knights.” There was no date determined to reveal the name, logo and colors for the team before the global outbreak (although it was expected to be in April), nor was there a public event scheduled for the reveal. (ESPN)