UPDATE April 9:
Some notes today from Elliotte Friedman on the 31 Thoughts Podcast. He says that the Leafs offer to test anyone who lives with one of the players upon request, and that’s how this case was caught.
So to re-iterate: a person who lives with Nylander tested postive, but because Nylander had only just returned from the road trip, and had only had contact with that person very recently, the NHL said that the incubation period of the disease meant Nylander could not have been contagious at Wednesday morning’s skate even if he was infected.
NOTE: at this time, no one knows what the results of any of his tests are.
Friedman said don’t expect clarity on that until the weekend.
UPDATE April 8:
William Nylander will remain on the NHL's COVID Protocol list until it's determined if the #leafs forward's potential exposure resulted in a positive case.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 8, 2021
This is likely part of the NHL’s protocol structure which confirms tests. At this time there is no official word on any testing schedule or results. Being on the list does not mean there has been a positive test.
Clarification from Friedman on the protocols.
Per protocols, at least 7 days, pending testing results — which hopefully are negative. https://t.co/7kUdTp2ItM— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 8, 2021
For precautionary reasons, William Nylander will not play tonight vs Montreal as he has had exposure to a possible positive case with a close contact outside the team.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 7, 2021
Nylander is isolating and the situation will be re-evaluated tomorrow pending the results of further testing.
The Maple Leafs are removing William Nylander from the game lineup, and he is isolating for precationary reasons, due to a potential exposure to Covid-19.
This comes on a day when the Vancouver Canucks have made a statement about the outbreak that is affecting almost their entire team, and as Ontario imposes a “stay at home” order.
As of today, 25 individuals have tested positive and the source infection is confirmed a variant – full genome sequencing by BCCDC will be required to determine which specific type.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) April 7, 2021
Read the latest update from #Canucks Physician, Jim Bovard. https://t.co/9oKx59HBfg
The Canucks revealed that one person was infected with a “variant of concern” in the community and that is the source of all of their infections. They assume the entire team is affected even if some people have not yet tested positive.
The variants are thought to be significantly more infectious, that is, shorter periods of exposure while masked and observing distancing can result in transmission. Unmasked indoor exposure is extremely risky in the new paradigm of the disease.
We have no word at this time on a replacment roster player, and there is no indication any disruption in the game will occur at this time.
More updates to come.
In consultation with the NHL, tonight’s game will proceed as scheduled. Forward Alexander Barabanov will be inserted into the lineup.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) April 7, 2021
Early word is the incubation period from when William Nylander had a possible COVID-19 exposure to when he skated with #leafs teammates this morning isn't believed to have been long enough for him to be considered contagious.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 7, 2021
Tonight's TOR/MTL game can go ahead as a result.