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Sport Deputy commissioner Bill Daly remains confident NHL is on top of restart

23:45  04 july  2020
23:45  04 july  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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As of now, the St. Louis Blues hope to reopen their facility on Monday to allow players to return to the ice after a report that several Blues players tested positive for COVID-19. That forced the Blues to close their facility over the weekend.

a screen shot of Gary Bettman in a suit and tie: Deputy commissioner Bill Daly is not surprised by the positive coronavirus tests around the NHL. We have always anticipated that we were going to encounter positive tests, he said. © Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Deputy commissioner Bill Daly is not surprised by the positive coronavirus tests around the NHL. We have always anticipated that we were going to encounter positive tests, he said.

A similar incident occurred with the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 19, with the team closing its facility for five days before reopening. Regardless, the positive tests aren't expected to affect the NHL’s plans to start training camps in a week.

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NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement on Saturday (via Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest):

"I don’t believe that what we’ve seen to this point is unexpected," Daly said. "We have always anticipated that we were going to encounter positive tests. What we want to avoid is mini-outbreaks. So the focus is taking the necessary precautions to avoid a cluster of positives. We think the enhanced structure and precautions that will be in place once we reach the training camp phase will actually create safer conditions for players and staff. And we think the Hub City Protocol will make it even safer still."

There is more to report from the NHL:

  • In a Q&A with The Athletic’s Michael Russo, Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin made it clear the team is fully focused on its series with the Vancouver Canucks and not the potential of landing the No. 1 overall pick if the team falls in the play-in round next month. All eight teams that lose in the play-in game have a 12.5 percent chance to earn the right to draft super prospect Alexis Lafreniere. “I think everybody thinks about it, but our job is to win hockey games, and not to play for a first overall pick,” said Guerin. “We’re going in to win. You can’t do that. You can’t do that. Like I said, these games are going to come fast and furious. We’ve got to be ready and we’re going in there to win, not play for a pick. You can’t do that. You just don’t do that.”
  • In his mailbag series, Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre reports that defensive prospect Olli Juolevi may have to accept being a third-pairing defenseman down the road. The 2016 fifth-overall pick has yet to make his NHL debut and is the only player among the top 17 drafted players that year who has not appeared in an NHL game. The 22-year-old has struggled with injuries and inconsistency but is expected to be on the Canucks roster for the playoffs next month. A third-pairing role might be the most reasonable expectations for Juolevi as it likely won't get easier to crack the Canucks’ roster over the next few years.

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