It started with news that head coach Dominque Ducharme was sent home because of irregularities in his COVID tests on Friday. More tests were going to be conducted on Friday afternoon, but many believed there might have been a false positive or some sort of other testing issue and that Ducharme could be back behind the bench right away. It turns out, that might not be the case.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, “Awaiting official word, but it’s believed Ducharme has tested positive for CoVid and will be sidelined at least 10 days.” The Canadiens did confirm Ducharme had received both shots of the COVID vaccine. The Canadiens were also strictly confined to a bubble in Las Vegas and were permitted to be only in their hotel and the rink. It’s not at all clear how the coach might have caught the virus, but vaccines are only 96% effective, so anything is possible.
The Canadiens announced that Dominique Ducharme’s morning press conference has been canceled and that he was being sent home to isolate until further testing in the day. If he’s actually tested positive, this is a big blow the Habs, who are fighting for their playoffs lives against the Vegas Golden Knights.
As far as other reports go. no players have been affected by this. They will just need the team to step up in light of news their coach is potentially out.
Will Richardson or Burrows Take Over the Bench?
Alex Burrows ran the morning skate but he has no head coaching experience at any professional level. Associate coach Luke Richardson is the only member of their staff who’s been a head coach at the pro level. He’ll likely be tasked with taking over and putting four years of experience with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators to good use.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Sean Burke may join the bench.
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