Sports Canadiens HC Dominique Ducharme must isolate for 14 days after positive COVID test

20:38  20 june  2021
20:38  20 june  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Canadiens Game Day: 'Playoffs are the best time of year'

  Canadiens Game Day: 'Playoffs are the best time of year' “Playoffs are fun … playoffs are the best time of year as a hockey player,” Eric Staal said after the Canadiens held their morning skate Sunday in Brossard. “Everybody says it every single year. It’s just different, it’s just amped up. All the details matter. No one cares who scores, who does what. Everybody cares about wins and that’s the best feeling after games. So I’m having a blast, it’s been fun. We want to continue this. We’re still a long ways to go, but this is the type of hockey you love to play and love to be a part of.

Following up on the positive COVID-19 test of Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston was the first to report that Ducharme will indeed miss the next two weeks as a result. Although the NHL has relaxed many rules pertaining to its COVID protocol, a positive test still warrants a 14-day isolation period. Especially when the Canadiens were fortunate enough to not have any other positive tests among its players and staff, the league wants to maintain the health and safety of the team as well as the integrity of its semifinals.

Corey Perry wearing a suit and tie: Dominique Ducharme is out for the next two weeks after testing positive for COVID. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Dominique Ducharme is out for the next two weeks after testing positive for COVID.

With that said, losing Ducharme is a blow for Montreal. The interim coach has led the team on an unexpectedly triumphant playoff run as the midseason replacement for Claude Julien. The Habs will now lean on an interim-interim head coach in assistant Luke Richardson, who coached the team to a Game 3 win. Assuming Ducharme’s 14-day isolation began on Friday when the positive test was discovered, the earliest he can return to the bench would be Friday, July 2. Montreal’s semifinal series with the Vegas Golden Knights, if it even goes seven games, will end on Saturday, June 26, nearly a week before Ducharme ends his isolation.

Canadiens Game Day: Some game-time decisions for Habs' Game 2 lineup

  Canadiens Game Day: Some game-time decisions for Habs' Game 2 lineup We will have to wait until near puck drop to find out who will be in the Canadiens lineup for Game 2 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the Golden Knights Wednesday night in Las Vegas (9 p.m., CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Injured players Jeff Petry, Jon Merrill and Jake Evans all took part in the team’s morning skate at T-Mobile Arena, but Evans was still wearing a non-contact jersey. “They’re doing a lot better,” head coach Dominique Ducharme said when asked about the injured players during a video conference before the Canadiens hit the ice for the morning skate. “Every day’s been positive so they’re going to be on the ice this morning again.

Richardson and the Canadiens will need to string together a couple more semifinal wins and potentially even a Stanley Cup Final win or two if Ducharme is to coach again this season.

Here are some more coaching notes from around the league...

  • Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis keeps things notoriously close to the vest, and his ongoing coaching search is no different. Other than Rick Tocchet, who has interviewed for a number of vacancies so far making his bid for Seattle’s inaugural head coach role more public, there is not much known about who else may be a finalist for the job. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Francis brought a few candidates to Seattle this week for in-person interviews, but could confirm Tocchet as one — his third interview for the position. Friedman speculates that recently fired New York Rangers head coach David Quinn, Boston Bruins assistant Joe Sacco and University of Wisconsin Tony Granato could be the other names in the mix. Tocchet certainly seems like the favorite at this point, but don’t be shocked if Francis ends up making a surprise hire.
  • Friedman also notes that other NHL teams are interested in Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coaches and have requested permission to speak with them. Friedman does not name any coaches in particular, but of their group of assistants former head coaches, Dave Hakstol and Paul MacLean could certainly be drawing interest, as could up-and-comer Manny Malhotra. At this time, the Maple Leafs have not made any decisions on if they will allow their assistants to explore these opportunities, especially since they are likely to be lateral moves.

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Canadiens coach Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Game 3: Reports

  Canadiens coach Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Game 3: Reports The Canadiens cancelled a scheduled video conference with head coach Dominique Ducharme on Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard because of “some irregularities” in his COVID-19 test. Paul Wilson, the Canadiens’ senior vice-president (public affairs and communications), announced that Ducharme was sent home to be isolated and have more tests taken. The Canadiens had a morning skate Friday in Brossard with Ducharme’s Zoom session scheduled for before the players hit the ice. On Friday afternoon, TSN’s Darren Dreger and Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted Ducharme has tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss Game 3.

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Stanley Cup final Game 3: Five things you should know .
Here are five things you should know about Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final between the Canadiens and the Lightning at the Bell Centre Friday (8 p.m., CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Where they’re at: The lower-seeded team in the series, i.e. the Canadiens, has to win at least one game on the road to be successful and, after the Canadiens missed their first two opportunities in Tampa, the pressure is on to win at home. Montreal managed to score only one goal in each of the first two games and made life difficult for goaltender Carey Price with poor puck management.

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