Canadiens’ Alexander Romanov to quarantine in Toronto before joining team

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Montreal Canadiens Alexander Romanov. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexander Romanov is headed to Toronto to begin his mandatory quarantine before joining the team in the Eastern Conference bubble.

Romanov, 20, signed an entry-level contract with the Canadiens on July 13. He is ineligible to play in any games but can practice with the team once his quarantine has been completed and he has tested negative for COVID-19.

The Canadiens will continue training camp in Quebec this week and travel to Toronto on July 26. The team will play one exhibition game against the Maple Leafs on July 28 and will begin their Stanley Cup Qualifiers series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Aug. 1.

In 86 games over two seasons with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, Romanov had 11 points and a plus-37 rating.

New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin, who also signed his entry-level contract on July 13, was on the flight from Russia to North America with Romanov. The Islanders have not said whether Sorokin will meet the team in New York or Toronto.

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