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Leafs' Nylander out Wednesday following potential exposure to COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 6:07 pm EDT

Toronto Maple Leafs centre William Nylander (29) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during second period NHL round one playoff hockey action in Toronto on April 23, 2018. Maple Leafs winger William Nylander has said he wants a long-term contract from Toronto. Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse indicated this week he doesn't mind if he gets a bridge deal or one that stretches five, six or seven years from Edmonton. While the Calgary Flames removed one name off the list of restricted free agents when they inked blue liner Noah Hanifin for six seasons on Thursday night, a number of key young players remain unsigned with NHL training camps set to open in less than two weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced winger William Nylander will not play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens as a precaution after he came in contact with a potential positive case of COVID-19.

Forward Alexander Barabanov will take Nylander’s place.

“For precautionary reasons, William Nylander will not play tonight vs Montreal as he has had exposure to a possible positive case with a close contact outside the team,” the Maple Leafs tweeted.

“Nylander is isolating and the situation will be re-evaluated tomorrow pending the results of further testing.”

The Leafs confirmed the game will be played following consultation with the NHL.

This is the first time this season a Maple Leafs player has been held out of the lineup due to a COVID-19-related issue.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston says the incubation period from when Nylander had the possible exposure to when he skated with teammates Wednesday morning isn’t believed to have been long enough for him to be considered contagious.

Nylander has amassed 13 goals, 17 assists, and 30 points in 39 games this year.

The Maple Leafs host the Habs tonight before playing the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks announced that 25 players and coaches have tested positive during a COVID-19 outbreak that involves a variant of the virus.

It is now the biggest reported outbreak in the NHL this season.

The team issued a statement Wednesday saying 21 players, including three from the taxi squad, and four members of the coaching staff have tested positive, and one other player is considered a close contact.

“This is a stark reminder of how quickly the virus can spread and its serious impact, even among healthy, young athletes,” the statement said.

The biggest previous COVID-19 outbreaks in the NHL were all in the U.S.

The Dallas Stars had their first four games postponed after 17 players tested positive, most of whom were asymptomatic.

The New Jersey Devils had 19 players on the COVID protocol list and seven games postponed, while the Buffalo Sabres had nine players on the list and six games postponed.

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