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Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews tests positive for COVID-19

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Source:  https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs/maple-leafs-star-auston-matthews-tests-positive-for-covid-19

 

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews tests positive for COVID-19

 

Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, two National Hockey League sources outside Toronto have confirmed to the Toronto Sun.

Matthews, 22, has apparently gone into quarantine at his home in Arizona, hoping to be healthy enough and eligible to travel to Toronto and participate in the opening of Leafs camp on July 10.

Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was spending much of the break from NHL play with Matthews’ at his Scottsdale home, did not test positive for COVID-19, the same sources indicate. Andersen is no longer living with Matthews – and is no longer in Arizona.

To date, the Maple Leafs have not commented on Matthews’ status and may have some kind of response later today or tomorrow. Apparently, the Leafs were seeking more “clarity” on the private matter before considering releasing a statement of any kind.

 

“There’s no blueprint for this,” one source said. “This is not an ankle injury.”

Matthews was not available for comment Friday and his agent, Judd Moldaver, did not return messages left by the Sun. Andersen was not available for comment but a source close to the goaltender confirmed he had not tested positive.

Matthews, who is in the first year of a five-year $58 million deal with the Leafs, is by no means alone in contracting the virus in Arizona, where cases have spiked in recent days. According to sources, a numbers of unidentified Arizona Coyotes players, who were training alongside Matthews, also tested positive recently. Players on other NHL teams have tested positive over the past few months. None have been identified publicly.

 

The breaking news of the positive test of the 47-goal scorer on his way to 50 before the regular season was called off, comes in the wake of the Tampa Bay Lightning closing its practice facilities and at about the same time the Philadelphia Phillies have had an outbreak of COVID-19 in their Florida training facility.

Matthews is alongside Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys as the highest profile professional athletes in North America known to test positive for COVID-19. Former NBA star Patrick Ewing has tested positive, as well, as has current NBA coach Mike Malone with the Denver Nuggets.

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Ban him for life. 

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3 minutes ago, Caboose said:

Doubt we see a return to play

 

Oh it’s happening. There is too much money to lose by both the owners and players via escrow. The TV deal is crucial and a cancellation would be disastrous. 

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Interesting how the Leafs are not confirming it right now. It’s a deadly virus. You’d think they’d want to share the news in case people may have been in recent contact with the guy. 

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Another red flag for the NHL in considering hub cities.

 

Ontario is a big NO!
 

Way too many active cases floating around there....

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I imagine he'll probably be fine unless he gets unlucky with a unusually bad case. 

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Just now, Slegr said:

Imagine if this was just a ploy. I mean, what defender is going to want to get too close to him now?

lol!

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Tampa players as well as some Arizona Coyote players who were practicing with Matthews have tested positive as well.  This is super bad news for restarting the season.

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I wonder if it’s time for the NHL to reconsider that plan proposed by the BC government to host games in Vancouver and other WHL cities in this province considering how well we’ve handled it here. 

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Healthy dude, He'll have plenty of time to recover, Laffs are usually MIA around this time anyways.

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50 minutes ago, Nuxfanabroad said:

'Stache the jokes..no time for Laffs!

Sources say those nostrils were just too big of a target.

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53 minutes ago, Bell said:

Tampa players as well as some Arizona Coyote players who were practicing with Matthews have tested positive as well.  This is super bad news for restarting the season.

I hope stuff like this doesn't scuttle the Playoffs. I'm really looking forward to them

 

 

Also, I hope they all recover and don't infect any of their loved ones or others.

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I’m really finding the reporting on this so interesting. There is nothing on it from Sportsnet and TSN right now even though it’s a huge story. It’s all over other media outlets; CBS Sports, yahoo sports, Toronto Sun, the Score, etc.  
 

It just goes to show nothing gets reported on the Leafs from TSN or Sportsnet unless they have Leafs management blessing. Those two media outlets are literally owned by the Leafs.

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9 minutes ago, Slegr said:

I’m really finding the reporting on this so interesting. There is nothing on it from Sportsnet and TSN right now even though it’s a huge story. It’s all over other media outlets; CBS Sports, yahoo sports, Toronto Sun, the Score, etc.  
 

It just goes to show nothing gets reported on the Leafs from TSN or Sportsnet unless they have Leafs management blessing. Those two media outlets are literally owned by the Leafs.

Seems incestuously-comfy! :^(

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