NHL players not rushing back to rinks for voluntary skates

AP photo by Karl B. DeBlaker / Carolina players hug as they celebrate a Hurricanes goal against the Boston Bruins during postseason matchup on May 8, 2009, in Raleigh, N.C. NHL players have been allowed back at their team's facilities for the better part of a week, but that doesn't mean they can do much in the way of close contact or working together.

John Tavares took his sticks home from the rink in Toronto to tape them up so he wouldn't waste his limited time there.

Across the border, Andrew Copp is waiting things out in the United States before returning to Winnipeg for the start of mandatory training camps due to Canada's 14-day quarantine regulation in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL players were allowed to start participating in voluntary small-group workouts and teams began opening their training facilities Monday. Players learned Thursday that training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement on returning to play later this summer. Now the players are expected to trickle back in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

"We've obviously got quite a few of our guys here in town and here at the facility kind of getting on the same page, which is great," said Tavares, the Maple Leafs' captain.