We still have to discuss the situation, explains Brendan Gallagher on Sunday after the team’s morning practice. The player, who spent the last 10 days on the NHL’s COVID protocol, is now doing well, having tested positive for COVID-19 and experiencing severe symptoms during the first two days of his administrative isolation.
We knew it was going to be a different season and that we would have to negotiate with COVID. We don’t want to play in empty stands [Comme ce fut le cas jeudi face aux Flyers de Philadelphie, NDLR]. If we can postpone the matches to play when the arena is full, and the solution is to take a break for a few weeks, let’s do it, but no one wants the season to stop. We are like everyone else, we want to find solutions and continue to practice our professionGallagher added.
Later Sunday, the team is set to hold an appeal with the players’ association to discuss decisions regarding CH’s three-game trip to the United States. Gallagher admits that the fear of spending Christmas away from home weighs a lot in the scale.
« If we are now declared positive, we will be put into protocol and we will miss Christmas as a family. It’s hard to accept. We all want to spend this time with our loved ones, and that worries us, especially since we already have a few cases of COVID-19 on the team. »
For his part, coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed that the team as well
Ready for her journey, and just stay focused
over what we can control.
We’ll see what happens. We are preparing to leave as normal and will finish our preparations today. There are a lot of things out of our control, we want to make sure we stay prepared and adaptDucharme explains.
Speaking of adaptation, earlier today, Montreal Canadiens called up forwards Alex Belzel, Lucas Videmo and Rafael Harvey Benard of Laval Rockets on Sunday morning ahead of Monday’s game against the New York Islanders.
For some players, this will be a good opportunity to show what they can do, and a way for us to see where they stand in their development.Ducharme reveals. Among the lottery, one player caught the eye: Rafael Harvey Benard, author of a good start to the season with Laval.
Rafael is on a good streak after starting the season more quietly. He’s been with us long enough in training camp, and he’s still maturing. He is a very competitive guy with good work habits, who is capable of bringing insults and has a good presence around the net.
The main interested party says to himself
Big opportunity Whoever comes to him. At 22, he can play his first NHL games. A seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft, he has 34 points in 60 career games with the Rocket.
« Training camp is the first impression, but now I have the opportunity to make the first impression in a real match. It’s up to me to show what I can do. »
My playing style adapts to any lineHarvey Benard estimates.
I’ll get in line and give 100%. For fourth grade, it’s important to be very good at your area, and that’s something I like. I will continue to maintain my identity as a player and do my best for everyone on the ice.
Harvey-Pinard will find many of his Rocket teammates with the Canadian, a situation that, in his opinion, helps in terms of
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integration for the team. Among the many, there is Laurent Dauphin, Kayden Primo or Jesse Yellonen, as well as the other two players who were called up on Sunday at the same time as him.
Belzile has played 8 games for the Habs this season and collected two minutes of penalty kicks. With the Rocket, he collected 11 points in 16 matches.
For his part, Lucas Videmo collected 13 points, including 6 goals, in 22 matches with Laval. If he joins coaching the Canadians, it will be his first NHL game since the 2019-20 season, when he played 7 games for the Habs.
These reminders come the day after the first game due to COVID-19 for the Canadiens this season. The Habs were scheduled to face the Boston Bruins on Saturday, but the game was postponed due to an outbreak of a competitor’s case.
Syracuse’s Laval Rocket game against Crunch, the Tampa Bay Lightning school club, has also been postponed due to COVID-19.
There are currently five National Hockey League (NHL) teams closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and more than 100 players are currently on rink protocol against COVID-19.
Among his players is Montreal Canadiens’ Arturi Likonen, who was added to the protocol early on Saturday night.
In addition, Joel Armia and Mathieu Perreault have been placed on the injured list and will be absent until the return of the holiday break.
The Canadian will travel to New York on Monday morning instead of Sunday afternoon, as initially planned, as a precaution. And the team conducted, on Sunday morning, its training in the city of Brossard, after canceling its training on Saturday, as a precaution as well.
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