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According to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, Vancouver Canucks center Jay Beagle has been added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. Center Adam Gaudette, who tested positive for the virus, was removed.
The Canucks were aiming to re-open their practice facility on Monday but the NHL announced on Sunday that the date has been pushed back another day due to Beagle being added.
As of the team’s last update on Wednesday, 25 individuals (18 players plus three taxi squad players) tested positive for COVID-19. All players and staff were in quarantine.
The team has not played since March 24 and will not play again until Friday, when they are set to face the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.
The Brazilian strain of COVID-19 has hit the Canucks’ locker room and their players and coaches have vomited, cramped, and dehydrated. In addition, their family members have contracted the virus.
Goaltender Braden Holtby, goaltender Thatcher Demko, center Adam Gaudette, defenseman Travis Hamonic, center Travis Boyd, defenseman Alex Edler, center Jayce Hawyrlchuk, captain Bo Horvat, defenseman Quinn Hughes, forward Zack MacEwen, forward Tyler Motte, defenseman Tyler Myers, forward Antoine Roussel, defenseman Nate Schmidt, and forward Brandon Sutter are on the COVID-19-related absences list. It is known that Gaudette and Hamonic are among the players that have tested positive.
This is the biggest COVID-19 outbreak that the NHL has seen within a team this season.
Boyd was on protocol after being claimed off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 22 and needed to self-quarantine before he could be available.
The NHL rescheduled eight Canucks games on Saturday.
The Canucks entered Sunday eight points behind the Montreal Canadiens for fourth place in the North Division standings with a game in hand. They are currently in sixth with four games in hand on the Calgary Flames, who are fifth.
Beagle spent 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals from 2008-2018 and won the Stanley Cup with them in 2018, 24 days before he signed with the Canucks as an unrestricted free agent.
By Harrison Brown.