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Lightning Round: Some players are not expected to join the team for Phase 2

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NHL: FEB 04 Golden Knights at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Next week, Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play plan is expected to start. It’s basically means that players will be allowed to return to their home facilities and practice in small groups. While the majority of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s roster stayed in Tampa during the shutdown, some players have quarantined outside of the United States, including regular players Victor Hedman and Luke Schenn. In their article yesterday, Joe Smith and Sean Shapiro of The Athletic throw light on current situation with these players and what issues they might face during their return to Tampa.

A key question that will have to be answered is the two-week mandated quarantine for players arriving from foreign countries. If Hedman, for example, takes a flight from Sweden to Tampa through New York, will he have to quarantine near the JFK or Laguardia airport, or can he fly safely to Tampa and quarantine there?

Victor Hedman is currently staying in his homeland Sweden, one of the few countries which hasn’t imposed a lockdown. On the other side, Luke Schenn has returned to Kelowna, B.C., where rules are far more strict, to stay with his wife and his newborn son. Per his words, he’s still not quite sure when he will join the team

“We don’t know what the future conditions are going to be like, if we’re leaving our family and for how long?” Schenn said. “It’s like another offseason, although you don’t know when the deadline is. You work out on your own and get together when camp starts.

“For the most part, everyone is in the same boat – which is a good and a bad thing.”

There’s also another player who might join the expanded 28-player roster, it’s Alex Volkov, who returned to Russia, when AHL cancelled the rest of the season. Russia has become one of the epicentres of the pandemic, registering about nine thousand COVID-19 cases daily.

Lightning Round

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