A week after flying to his new team's home city, Pierre-Luc Dubois is still in quarantine.
The newest Winnipeg Jets' centre arrived in Canada on Jan. 23 after the Jets and Blue Jackets completed a blockbuster trade that sent Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic to Columbus. But as Chris Johnston explained during Hockey Night in Canada's Headlines segment on Saturday, Dubois and the Jets are still waiting to find out when his quarantine can end.
"The Manitoba government is comfortable with Pierre-Luc Dubois being granted what was called a ‘working quarantine’ for players during training camp, which would allow him to skate in this upcoming week," Johnston said. "But the federal government has yet to weigh in on that matter."
The standard quarantine period for people entering Canada is 14 days. Last week, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that Winnipeg had requested to get that period reduced to seven days.
"It makes a big difference on his availability," Johnston said. "Obviously, if he can get on the ice this week, it would set him up to start about a week from now. If he doesn’t skate in that time, well, the timeline gets pushed back."
The week of Feb. 7-13, which is presumably Dubios's first week of potential game action for Winnipeg, features three games on the Jets' schedule: at Calgary (Feb. 9), vs. Ottawa (Feb. 11) and vs. Ottawa (Feb. 13).