Canadiens' Domi mulls return;
Alzner opts out of restart
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[July 13, 2020]
Montreal Canadiens forward Max
Domi has yet to decide whether he will join his teammates at
training camp, the team announced Sunday.
"Considering Max's health condition (Type 1 diabetes), both parties
have agreed to take this responsible approach and to take this time
to evaluate the ongoing situation, in order to make the best
decision for Max's health at the end of this period," the team said
in a statement.
A decision is expected in a week to 10 days, the team said.
Domi, 25, acknowledged his health concerns in May amid the COVID-19
"Being a Type 1 diabetic, it's something that raises some concern.
But you really don't know how everyone's going to be affected by
this disease," he said at the time, per ESPN. "Being a Type 1
doesn't change much. I would handle myself the same way as if I
didn't have (diabetes)."
The Centers for Disease Control has said that Type 1 diabetics are
among those who might be at an increased risk for severe illness
Domi recorded 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 71 games this
season for the Canadiens, who will begin Phase 3 of the NHL's Return
to Play program on Monday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard,
Domi has 251 points (81 goals, 170 assists) in 375 career games with
the Arizona Coyotes (2015-18) and Canadiens. The Coyotes made him
the No. 12 overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
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Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi (13) is checked into the boards
during the second period of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs
at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
While Domi's availability is in question, the Canadiens announced
Saturday night that defenseman Karl Alzner has opted against
returning to play.
Alzner, 31, appeared in four games for Montreal this season. He
spent most of the past two campaigns with the Laval Rocket of the
American Hockey League.
The Canadiens (31-31-9, 71 points) will begin their best-of-five
qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6, 86
points) on Aug. 1.
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