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THE SEVEN CANADIAN FRANCHISES ASK GOVERNMENT TO CUT 14-DAY QUARANTINE ORDER IN HALF

The trade market between Canadian teams and their US counterparts is definitely going to feel the impact of COVID-19 protocols, given the need for players crossing the border to go through a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days prior to becoming eligible to join their new teams in Canada.

On Saturday, one such trade materialized in the form of the Pierre-Luc Dubois for Patrick Laine deal, in which four pieces were involved, but the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in Canada will make it so that it will be awhile yet before Dubois is able to make his Jets debut.

It has been reported that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is working on getting Dubois on a private flight to Winnipeg and has requested an exemption that would allow Dubois to cut his quarantine period in half, with COVID-19 tests being administered on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th days.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, all 7 Canadian teams have submitted a similar request to the five provinces that are home to the Canadian franchises, which would shorten the mandatory 14-day quarantine period to just 7 days.



These are the same protocols that had been in place for the Canadian franchises throughout training camp. Due to an increase in positive cases in several areas in Canada, and new lockdown orders issued in several of the provinces between then and now, it is unclear whether such an exemption request would be considered.

Dreger added that there is no timeline on when a decision could be made.

MIKE ARMENTI
JANUARY 23, 2021  (16H33)
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