NHL News: Player Signings, Avs Players, Isolation Period Extended, and Playing Less Affected Areas
The San Jose Sharks have signed John Leonard.
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Player signings

Cap Friendly: The Anaheim Ducks have signed goaltender Roman Durny to a two-year entry-level contract. He’ll have a $807,500 salary cap hit with an $873,750 AAV.

Durny was drafted 147th in the 5th round of the 2018 draft.

Mike Morreale: The San Jose Sharks have signed John Leonard to an entry-level contract.

Leonard was a Hobey Baker finalist after leading Umass Amherst with 27 goals in 33 games.

He was drafted 182nd in the 6th round of the 2018 draft.

Two Avs players doing well

Ryan S. Clark: Colorado Avalanche Gabriel Landeskog said that he’s spoken with the two Avs players who tested positive and they said they have recovered and are doing well.

Isolation period extended … Playing less affected areas

Darren Dreger: The NHL announced that they have extended teams self-isolation period until April 15th.

TSN: Dreger on why extended the player isolation period.

“Well it’s all about the local isolation guidelines that are established by the local authorities. In fact, lawfully, the National Hockey League can’t go into the NHL facilities until those local authorities lift the ban. If you want to use the Washington Capitals as an example, Arlington, Va., has put a ban on all gatherings in that area until June 10. So this extension, April 15, might go well beyond April 15.”

TSN: On the idea of playing games in less-affected areas and with no fans. Pierre LeBrun:

“Yeah, that’s been a discussion in the National Hockey League has also had behind the scenes. Certainly, I should stress, not the preferred route for the NHL to point out the obvious but it’s something they have discussed. What I’m told is, for a 16-team playoff, that they’re looking at four separate centralized cities that they would start the playoffs in. Now, because of all the different playoff formats that they’re talking about, it could be more than four cities if it’s a 20-team playoff or a 24-team playoff. All those formats that we’ve speculated but yeah, it’s on the card it’s just that it’s not what they hope to do if all goes their way.”