Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson and many other players in Sweden have been cleared by local officials to return to the ice, which their overseas peers are not happy with, TSN reporter Darren Dreger reported in the Tuesday edition of “Insider Trading”.
Some players in North America “dislike the idea” that the Swedes should be allowed to skate because of the “competitive advantage” it could offer if the league returns, according to Dreger.
Returning players to the ice is a recommendation – but not a directive – from the league, adds Dreger. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, arenas and training facilities in North America remain closed to all players unless they rehabilitate an injury.
Last week, the league extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff for the third time, pushing the date back to April 30.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said players will need a two to three week training camp if the NHL resumes its season, which was suspended on March 12.