News is breaking from CBC reporter, David Cochrane that the Canadian Government has approved a 7 day quarantine with extra testing for NHL players traded from U.S. based teams. This reduction from 14 days was a major sticking point for Canadian General Managers. The effort was spearheaded by Kyle Dubas of the Toronto Maple Leafs to have it reduced.
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Darren Dreger confirmed with an NHL source that this is the case and it should help get the needle moving on trades. In the latest editions of TSN’s Insider Trading, Frank Seravalli provided insight that the Leafs were working hard to get the quarantine time reduced to 7 days.
“After scouring the league I believe the Leafs primary target at this point is Nashville Predator forward Mikael Granlund,” he said. Seravalli did note the two aforementioned difficulties as Toronto is spearheading an effort to get the 14 day quarantine reduced to 7 days prior to making a trade with U.S. teams.The Daily Goal Horn 3/24/21
Many insiders were also suggesting that older players like Eric Staal may be unwilling to go to a Canadian team if they had to shut down for two weeks. It hurt Pierre-Luc Dubois moving from Columbus to Winnipeg and he’s only 22. Could veterans with trade protection now be more open to a trade North? We will see.
Regardless, this is great news for NHL fans as the trade deadline was shaping up to be a dud. This provides a glimmer of hope.