Report: Vancouver rejects Canucks group quarantine proposal as NHL finalizes 2021 season

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The NHLPA could vote as soon as tomorrow on the 2021 season, followed by the NHL. Kevin McGran is reporting that the two sides are working feverishly to iron out specifics. This includes everything from scheduling to trades between the U.S. and Canada based teams.

NHL finalizing 2021 season for vote starting as early as tomorrow

“They’re working around the clock on transitional rules and return-to-play protocols, and working to firm up agreements for logistical issues,” an industry source told The Star in Toronto.

According to McGran, another source confirmed that there are no issues that “will stop this from getting done.” Additional matters to be finalized are new key dates like the trade deadline and NHL free agency.

The hope remains that each team will be able to play games in their own buildings. Hybrid hubs could still be a plan B.

Vancouver health officials reject Canucks quarantine plan

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Pettersson celebrates with Canucks teammates (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks presented a group quarantine plan to local health officials. Itwould allow their players to spend Christmas abroad with their families and attend training camp.

“Everything I’m hearing is that they didn’t accept the group cohort quarantine,” Jim Benning told The Province. “Which means our U.S. and European players wold be coming in to sort out their two-week quarantine.”

The main reason this was not approved was the math didn’t work. If play were to begin on January 13th, it wouldn’t be possible to complete the 14 day quarantine in Canada. 

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