The Canadians are back to play for the opening day of the camp, but not towards normalcy

Brussard, Cui. – They come from various other places in Canada, from Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and the United States to Montreal and La Prairie, Cui near the city. Came from and from nearby. They gathered under a roof in a clear sheet of ice and for a practice that was so fast, bright, energetic and intense that you thought it would happen in mid-season – not mid-July.

It seemed like a normal day at the practice facility on the south shore of the Montreal Canadians, a day for the Hawks, like many of its predecessors in this city and in this particular place.

It does, however, say that it feels the truth will be twisted in favor of anyone involved.

“I think as far as climbing and practicing on ice – yes, it felt normal,” said Canadian captain Shea Weber. “But I don’t think any of the rest feels normal.”

How does it feel normal? A training camp for a team to prepare for the Stanley Cup tournament could not enter it; A training camp that takes place in the middle of a summer heater wave and with an epidemic changes almost every aspect of the experience except the drill on the ice.

If it was strange for coaches and players, it was the same for the media who showed each other, put masks over their faces, checked the temperature, filled out treatment forms and then placed them on designated tables located six feet away from each other.

We logged in to the Zoom press conference with Mark Bergwin, general manager of Canadians, at 11:30 a.m., and it was interrupted several times by technical blips and feedback.

Expect? Of course.

Normal? Not even close.

But that’s what we’ve got now, and that’s what we’ll probably get for the future.

Towards the end of Bergwin’s call, Canadian coaches and players froze on the ice.

But not all of them.

Defenders Brett Kulak, Javier Wellett and Josh Brook – the players who took part in the informal skate at Brussard during the second phase of the NHL’s return-to-play protocol – were significantly absent. And for unknown reasons due to the NHL’s policy of disclosing new injuries / illnesses.

Granted, a report from Athletic on Sunday states that three Canadian athletes have tested positive for COVID-19. The report was later updated on Monday to say that two of them were false positives. These three players were Kulak, Oulet and Brooke.

However, without any assurances from the players, the team or league, Kulak, Owlett and Brooke were simply branded as “unable to practice”.

The Pvisburg Penguins will voluntarily remove nine players from their training camp roster because of possible secondary contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (3 of 1)

– Pittsburgh Penguins (@spenguins) July 13, 2020

The team on Sunday, July 12. Upon learning of the potential secondary exposure, it was decided to isolate the player in an effort to avoid contact with anyone else in the organization. (2 of 3)

– Pittsburgh Penguins (@spenguins) July 13, 2020

Nine players will not participate until they are deemed safe according to NHL protocol and subsequent test results. (3 of 3)

– Pittsburgh Penguins (@spenguins) July 13, 2020

Also missing was 25-year-old Max Domi, who has type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

After two weeks of valuable discussions with the team, the league, its agents and medical professionals – Domi has been selected – wait seven to ten days before deciding whether to stay home in Toronto and be safe for his participation, Bergwin said. The training camp and the next games come at the end of July, the beginning of August.

“We want to do it right with Max,” Bergwin said. “We are sure he will be here, but it will be a decision between the experts and Max and we will choose what is best for him.”

In the case of Alexander Romanov, Russian prospects Canada made the 38th draft overall in 2018 and signed a three-year entry-level agreement on Monday morning: he will solve immigration issues and move to Montreal, where he will separate seven days and then hopefully Join the Canadians on the ice of the brosard.

Romanov will be allowed to burn the first year of his contract, be allowed to practice in the 3rd stage (if the deadline is met), and will be allowed to travel with the Canadians as their 31st roster player in the 4th round later this month. As going to Toronto.

Romanov, however, will not be able to play in the Games, as Bergwin questioned why he chose to sign him.

“As a former player, you go to your first NHL training camp and you come back next year and it will be night and day,” said GM, who played 19 seasons in the league from 1984-2004. “You’re already there, you’re around the players, you’re around the staff and (it’s) something that (you can’t pay any price).

“We were able to do it and we didn’t hesitate … it’s uncertain (when the next NHL season will start, and Romanov had the option to continue playing in Russia instead of signing with Montreal), he wanted to stay here and he was willing to come Was and we welcome him with open arms … in the long run, it will help him a lot. ‘

With this settlement in place we focused on what happened on the ice.

The practice manifested at a frantic pace. The Canadians jumped from drill to drill in the first 50 minutes, the intensity apparently spreading with each passing second.

The line combinations were clear from the start and four goalkeepers were rotated in and out of the net at both ends.

OND: Chirot-Weber, Met-Petri, Julsen-Folin, Olofson-Flurry

– Eric Engels (@EricEngles) July 13, 2020

Then the practice broke down, Weber took the team to one end and some casual passing and shooting resumed for 10 minutes after the ice cleared.

This was the day of your standard NHL practice. Type, type.

“It’s a bizarre atmosphere with all the rules, regulations and masks,” said Paul Byron, Canada’s assistant captain at the joint zoom conference with Weber, “but that’s what keeps us all safe, isn’t it?”

“It’s bizarre. I think I saw yesterday that everyone here in Quebec has to wear a mask when going out in public, but when we go on the ice it doesn’t change anything in the world for us.”

Were the players worried about whether we would even reach this point?

Of course they were.

“Honestly, I wonder every day if it will work,” Byron said. “There’s a lot going on outside of the ice that’s out of our control.”

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The 31-year-old forward was thinking about everything from his home on the south bank, where he lives year after year with his wife and two children.

BC, Kilona, ​​Summer Weber talks about how amazing it has been to be away from his family for the past two weeks – his wife and children have not returned to Montreal with him – and to talk about how difficult it can be to move on.

The 34-year-old said, “It was tough.

But Weber signed up to return to play because, as he wrote, “we have to take this opportunity.”

Weber added, “Playing in the league for 14, 15 years now, you will learn that you will not take these opportunities for granted.” “They don’t always come.

“We’re still going to the playoffs, we still have a long road ahead, a long road, but it’s an opportunity we probably wouldn’t have had three months ago.”

The Canadians had 10 points from the play-off spot left on March 11 when the NHL season was adjourned to March. Nothing has happened since then.

But we are pushing.

“The NHL – we’ve given (in phases) between 1, 2 and 3 and obviously there will be 4 the stars going over the top to protect the players,” said Bergwin. “They did not make this decision on their own; Each of them had the eye of an expert and the sound of bubbles is very defensive.

“There may be some outbreaks, it’s always possible. But they went up and out to make sure they were all right and safe and it’s kept in protocol. The players will follow that and hopefully we can move to the suburbs on July 2nd.” ”

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