Federal government poised to approve a 7-day quarantine with extra testing for NHL players traded from American teams to Canadian teams before the April 12th trade deadline. Government source says all provinces with NHL teams have approved of the measures.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 25, 2021
- You are no longer having a “cold” player who has spent 14 days away from the rink, gym, or any intense physical activity, they’ll be game ready in a much shorter turn around.
- With the 14 day quarantine, there would only be 7 games left that a new player would be eligible to play for the Leafs if they were acquired at the deadline. That number now goes up to 10. The deadline falls on the day of a Leafs game, and Toronto has 5 games within 8 nights, that’s a less than ideal time so the Leafs should probably target making trades before the 11th hour.
- With a bit of the sense of urgency taken off, the Leafs will have an opportunity to accrue more cap space if they wish, and this reduces having to trade a significant roster player
- The extra time also gives an opportunity for more teams to establish themselves as sellers, and a wide open market means the Leafs will be paying less, and having more options.