NHL will not introduce blanket quarantine period for AHL recalls

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The NHL will not introduce a blanket quarantine period for players recalled from the American Hockey League this season, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Instead, as Johnston reports, each case will be judged on an individual basis.

For teams like the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets that operate AHL teams in their home city, this could be very beneficial in terms of recalling players. As Johnston explains, the clubs would likely have to adopt NHL-level protocols with their AHL teams in order to gain government approval to keep running their affiliates there.

This may also mean shorter quarantine periods for those three teams since the players are already located in the home city. For players that have to take a commercial flight, Johnston explains, they must serve a seven-day quarantine based on the protocols put out by the NHL and NHLPA.

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