NHL News: Canucks COVID update; Canadiens place Gallagher on LTIR; and Adam Fox a Norris favorite

The Vancouver Canucks now have 25 players and staff impacted by COVID-19. Jake Virtanen was the latest player added. This has prompted the team to release a statement with regards to the situation.

Canucks have 25 individuals positive for COVID-19

Per the team’s website:

As of today, 25 individuals have tested positive and the source infection is confirmed a variant – full genome sequencing by BCCDC will be required to determine which specific type. Among the 25 positive cases are 21 players (three players from taxi squad) and four members of staff. One additional player is considered a close contact.

An ongoing investigation by Vancouver Coastal Health and club contact tracing staff attributes the source infection to a single individual obtained in a community setting, which has since been identified by public health as a public exposure location. Rapid spread of infection throughout the team indicates a link between contacts and the primary case.

We hope and pray for a speedy recovery for the team and their families. Stay safe.

Montreal Canadiens place Brendan Gallagher on LTIR

Montreal: The Habs have placed forward Brendan Gallagher on LTIR as he’s expected to miss at least 6 weeks due to a broken thumb. The rumors have already started that Marc Bergevin plans to use the cap relief from the injury to go out and acquire a defenseman.

Another notable injury is coming out of Columbus. Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is out six weeks himself to a broken finger.

Adam Fox a Norris Trophy Favorite

Adam Fox Norris
Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Adam Fox #23 of the New York Rangers scores a third period shorthanded goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Fox is now tied with Victor Hedman for most points among defensemen. However, the Rangers sophomore has inserted himself firmly into the Norris Trophy consideration for best defenseman in the NHL. Per NYR Stats and Info; he is the only defenseman averaging a least 4 minutes of PP time and 2 minutes of SH time this season. Fox is also tied for most power play points by a defensemen with 20 and and power play assists with 18.

Defensively Fox shines as well. He currently ranks second on the PK with a 3.90 PPG against per 60 minutes. He’s third for takeaways among blue-liners with 25. These are excellent numbers and his play on the ice has been turning heads around the league. If he continues at this pace he’s not just a candidate; he’s the favorite to win the Norris.