There were new questions on Friday about the remainder of the Vancouver Canucks season as the number of players on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols rose to seven.
The Canucks’ organization told Global News it will not provide any updates on the situation until next week.
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However, defensemen Alex Edler and Quinn Hughes, forwards Zack MacEwan and Antoine Roussel and goalkeeper Braden Holtby were all added to the list of unavailable players in the league on Friday.
Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini responded to the news on Twitter on Friday, writing that “health comes first.”
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What the COVID-19 situation means for the rest of the Canucks’ season
A player on the COVID-19 protocol list has not necessarily tested positive.
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Canucks forward Adam Gaudette was pulled from practice after testing positive on Tuesday. Wednesday’s scheduled game against the Calgary Flames was then suspended after two players and a member of the coaching staff adhered to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Travis Harmonic was added to the COVID list on Thursday.
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The NHL initially suspended all Canucks games until a Thursday April 8 game against the Flames. A larger outbreak, however, could see games abandoned for up to two weeks.
The news is another blow to the struggling Canucks, who sit sixth in the North Division, after 37 games of the season shortened to 56 games.
With files from the Canadian Press
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