Canadian Federal Government close to approving reduction in quarantine time for NHL players

I guess there is no doubt that the NHL matters in Canada after this one, as it appears the league has successfully lobbied to reduce the quarantine time for players in advance of the April 12th trade deadline.

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

So first off, I can’t imagine anyone else on the other side of the border looking to come into Canada is particularly excited to see this news, but that’s without knowing any of the additional details. There are potentially additional testing requirements, and costs that are being absorbed by the team instead of the government that likely makes this move palatable for them to approve. Given that we’re not a political blog, none of us are epidemiologists, and the details are limited to the tweet above at this point, we’ll hold back any judgement on how this is playing out.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #53: 5 Things to watch for against the Panthers

MEANINGFUL HOCKEY ALERT!!!
Okay, every game matters from here on out, but with the Leafs just passing the Panthers over the weekend to grab the third divisional playoff spot (Panthers with two games at hand) this is a golden opportunity for the Leafs to put a little distance between themselves and Florida.
You probably blocked it from your memory, but the last time these two teams met it didn’t go so well for the Leafs, and losing 8-4 again wouldn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence in the Leafs.
Alas, the Leafs are on a three game winning streak, and hopefully they are looking to ride this hot streak all the way to a clinched playoff spot and the glory beyond.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.5#37 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.7#4 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.1#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.43#5 FL1

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#85 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.3#13 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 77.0#12 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.76#7 FL2

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 72.3#74 LW

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.0#73 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.1#110 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.80#15 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 71.7#89 LW

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.7#158 C

TREVOR MOORE
Rating:& …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation