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Maple Leafs Player Moves Before Saturday’s Scheduled Canucks’ Game

As the Toronto Maple Leafs prepare to play the Vancouver Canucks Saturday, what player moves have been made? Who’s under NHL COVID protocol?

As the Toronto Maple Leafs wait to play the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night in British Columbia, there have been a number of very quick player moves to fill out the roster. Suddenly, earlier today four Maple Leafs players, after COVID-19 testing, were put under protocol. I noted “scheduled” in the title because there’s probably a chance this game will not be played.

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The Maple Leafs’ Players Involved thus Far

These players include forwards Alexander Kerfoot, John Tavares, Jason Spezza, and Wayne Simmonds. Each player has been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. As a result of these test results, as a precaution, today’s team practice in Vancouver was cancelled.

Jason Spezza Upper Deck Card Maple Leafs
Jason Spezza Upper Deck Card Maple Leafs photo via Upper Deck

The reports from the Maple Leafs noted that players and traveling staff were all tested yesterday in Vancouver and this morning the organization heard the results of the tests. The report also noted that all players and traveling staff would undergo additional testing later yesterday. We’ll all know more soon.

Tavares, Kerfoot, Simmonds, and Spezza have joined a growing list of NHL players on the COVID-19 protocol list.

It wasn’t a good day for the NHL or for the Maple Leafs.

Moving to Vancouver for the Game

At this point, that four Maple Leafs’ players had been put under the protocol is disturbing. Although a number of call-ups have been made, there has to be a good chance the game will be postponed. However, assuming the game will continue, several Maple Leafs players have been called up.

Nick Ritchie was ill, but it apparently wasn’t COVID-19. He had numberous negative tests. Ritchie was back with the team for practice after missing Tuesday’s game with his non-COVID illness. If Saturday’s game against the Canucks is played, Ritchie should be good to play. 

Alex Steeves and Carl Dahlstrom Re-Called

Because of COVID-19 issues, all Toronto Marlies games were postponed and the plan is that the AHL will restart games after Christmas. Today, Alex Steeves was called up from the AHL Marlies. With the forwards going into the league’s COVID-19 protocols, Steeves will likely get some solid minutes during Saturday’s Canucks game.

Veteran NHL defenseman Carl Dahlstrom was also called up from the AHL today. Dahlstrom will be added to the Maple Leafs as a replacement player. The 26-year-old was on the Maple Leafs’ roster last weekend, but didn’t get into a game.

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5 Comments

  1. Randy Alexander

    December 18, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Well that really sucks, I feel for these guys as most have young families and I assume the 4 will be stuck in a Vancouver Hotel room over Christmas. I’d like to see a game tonight but I don’t see that happening as the league has already shut some teams down till after Christmas and the same will likely happen here. Here’s hoping for a quick safe recovery. I wonder if any could come up negative on a retest(there is so much we don’t know)

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