The Ottawa Senators announced on Wednesday that four additional members of the organisation who travelled with the team to California before the NHL season was shut down tested positive for COVID-19.

Ottawa played in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles in their final three games before the NHL suspended play on March 12.

The team said the four members of the organisation self-isolated on March 13, and have since recovered.

The news comes one day after San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher stood by the decision the team made to play three home games after Santa Clara County asked for mass gatherings to be postponed or cancelled in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 on March 5.

Of the four NHL players who have tested positive for the coronavirus, two are from the Senators, who visited the Sharks on March 7.

San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher stands by the decision the team made to play three NHL home games after the United States recommended banning events with large numbers of people due to coronavirus.

On March 5, Santa Clara County asked for mass gatherings to be postponed or cancelled in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Sharks went ahead with a scheduled home game that evening, as well as home fixtures against the Ottawa Senators on March 7 and Colorado Avalanche on March 8.

Of the four NHL players who have tested positive for COVID-19, two are from the Senators and two are from the Avalanche.

The NHL ended up suspending play on March 12.

Becher said "early March felt a lot different than we are today and we were all making the best decision we could with the information we had at the time."

The Sharks said extra cleaning precautions were taken ahead of those games and that fans who were sick or at high risk for COVID-19 were asked not to attend.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced on Tuesday that the team had agreed to a contract with free agent collegiate defenseman Brinson Pasichnuk.

The 22-year-old Pasichnuk made an impression on the Sharks when he skated in the team's development camp, and followed that up with a stellar senior season at Arizona State, tallying 37 points in 36 games.

"Brinson is an excellent puck moving defenseman with a physical brand of hockey," Wilson said.

"As captain for the Sun Devils program for two seasons under Arizona State head coach Greg Powers, he is a great team-mate and proven leader."

Pasichnuk finished the 2019-20 season ranking first among all NCAA defensemen with 121 shots, tied for second with 11 goals and third in points.

The native of Bonnyville, Alberta left Arizona State ranking first in program history with 107 points, first in assists with 68 and first in games played with 136.

The NHL is once again extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the date back to April 15.

The league had originally set a date of March 27 for players to self-isolate, before extending it to April 4 back on March 24.

Four players have tested positive for COVID-19 – two from the Ottawa Senators and two from the Colorado Avalanche.

Both the Senators and Avalanche played at the San Jose Sharks on consecutive nights a few days before the season was postponed on March 12 with three and a half weeks remaining before the Stanley Cup playoffs.

There is still no timeline to when the league may resume its season, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last Friday the NHL is still hopeful of finishing the regular season and playing a full playoffs, even if it means playing the Stanley Cup Final in August.

The NHL Players' Association unveiled its 2019-20 player poll results on Tuesday after delaying its release because of the league's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 588 players took part in the poll during their annual NHLPA team meetings before play was halted. It's the third straight season that the NHLPA has conducted the poll.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers received 68.35 per cent of the votes in being named the league's best forward for the second straight season.

McDavid finished second in the NHL with a career-high 116 points in 2018-19 and ranks second in the league with 97 points this season behind teammate Leon Draisaitl (110).

McDavid was followed in this year's voting by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (14.93 per cent), Nathan MacKinnon (6.65) of the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (2.88).

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman also became a back-to-back winner after receiving 37.88 per cent of the votes to earn best defenseman honours.

John Carlson (21.35) of the Washington Capitals was second, followed by the Nashville Predators' Roman Josi (9.04) and the Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (6.54) and the San Jose Sharks' Brent Burns (6.54).

Hedman is third in the NHL among defenseman this season with 55 points behind Carlson (75) and Josi (65).

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens received 41.55 per cent of the votes to repeat as the best goaltender. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy (17.09) finished second, followed by the Vegas Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury (8.93) and Sergei Bobrovsky (5.63) of the Florida Panthers.

Price is tied with Fleury for fifth in the league this season with 27 wins. Vasilevskiy leads the way with 35 victories.

Crosby was voted the most compete player in the league (45.56 per cent) and received 44.03 per cent of the votes in being selected as the player his peers would want on their team if they needed to win one game.

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Tyler Madden to a three-year contract, the NHL franchise announced on Monday.

Madden – the son of former NHL player John –completed his sophomore season at Northeastern University, leading the team with 37 points.

A two-time nominee for the Hobey Baker Award, Madden was a first-team selection to the Hockey East All-Star team this past season after his 19 goals were tied for 11th in the country.

Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round of the 2018 draft, the Kings acquired Madden's rights last month as part of a trade involving Tyler Toffoli.

Madden's father enjoyed a 13-year NHL career, totalling 348 points while winning a pair of Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and one with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk said his two unnamed team-mates who have tested positive for the coronavirus are "doing well".

Tkachuk made the comments on Monday during a video conference call with fellow players from the Atlantic Division, including Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Detroit Red Wings centre Dylan Larkin.

Tkachuk also said his team-mates have been in constant contact since the NHL season was brought to a halt on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the only question he was asked about the coronavirus during the 35-minute session, despite the Senators being one of two NHL teams along with the Colorado Avalanche to have a player confirmed to test positive for COVID-19.

Monday’s video conference call was the third in a series with players from each division with the Central Division set to answer questions on Tuesday.

The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday, president of hockey operations and general manager John Chayka announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chaput, who will turn 28 years old on April 9, was a third-round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 before making his NHL debut in 2013-14 with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chaput has six goals and 16 assists in 169 career games at the NHL level with the Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and Coyotes.

He appeared in two games with Arizona this season in January before being sent back down to Tucson of the American Hockey League.

Chaput had 16 goals and 13 assists in 47 games with Tucson this season while serving as the team’s captain. Overall, he has posted 259 points in 388 career games in the AHL.

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher has revealed that James van Riemsdyk, Nate Thompson and Philippe Myers would all be able to return from injuries if the NHL resumes in May.

Fletcher told reporters during a conference call on Monday that forwards van Riemsdyk and Thompson, and defenseman Myers have made good progress with their recoveries.

The trio were hurt in the week before the NHL suspended play on March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Van Riemsdyk, who ranks sixth on the Flyers with 40 points in 66 games, broke his right hand while blocking a shot against the Washington Capitals.

Myers, tied for second in the NHL among all rookies with a plus-17 rating in 50 games, suffered a fractured patella on his right knee when he blocked a shot in a clash with the Buffalo Sabres.

Thompson sprained his knee against the Boston Bruins in Philadelphia’s last game before the league shut down.

It was his seventh game with the Flyers after being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens at the NHL trade deadline on February 24.

The Flyers lost 2-0 to the NHL-leading Bruins on March 10 to have their nine-game winning streak snapped. Philadelphia trails Washington by one point for first place in the Metropolitan Division after going 18-5-1 in its final 24 games before the league suspended play.

The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman John Ludvig on a three-year, entry-level contract, president of hockey operations and general manager Dale Tallon announced on Monday.

Florida selected Ludvig, 19, in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

He had 17 goals and 45 assists in 60 games with Portland of the Western Hockey League last season while serving as the team’s captain.

Ludvig finished third among all WHL defensemen in points and assists while ranking fourth in goals to help Portland go a league-best 45-11-3-4.

"John had an outstanding season for Portland in the Western Hockey League and was among the league's top defensemen," Tallon said.

"He is a talented defenseman who possesses great compete, physicality and character.

“We are excited for John's continued development and look forward to his future in the Panthers organisation."

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry and his wife, Julie, are donating free meals to Montreal-area hospital workers.

The Petrys have opened up $2,500 tabs at two Montreal restaurants, and medical professionals can receive a free meal at either by showing their hospital IDs.

Currently in Michigan while the season is on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic, Julie said she and her husband got the idea after Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife did something similar.

The Petrys were also inspired to make such a donation after learning that one of the Canadiens’ team physicians, Dr. Dan Deckelbaum, is a member of the COVID-19 leadership response team at the Montreal General Hospital.

A 10-year NHL veteran, Jeff Petry was in the midst of one of his best seasons prior to the games being suspended, ranking third on the Canadiens with 29 assists and leading all Montreal defensemen with 40 points.

New York Knicks owner James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus, the NBA team announced on Saturday.

Dolan, the 64-year-old who also owners the New York Rangers, is "experiencing little to no symptoms".

In a statement, the Knicks said: "The Madison Square Garden Company executive chairman and chief executive officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus.

"He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms.

"He continues to oversee business operations."

There have been more than 660,000 coronavirus cases worldwide, including over 30,800 deaths.

It has brought sport to a standstill, with the NBA and NHL seasons suspended earlier this month.

A second Colorado Avalanche player has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the fourth known positive test among NHL players.

The player, like the three previous cases, remains unidentified. They are in self-isolation, and all those who recently had close contact with him have been notified.

A first Colorado player who tested positive remained isolated for 14 days and made a full recovery before the team announced his illness earlier this week – the team have confirmed no other players or personnel have shown any symptoms so far.

The NHL, under the advisement of medical personnel, has discouraged mass testing of players who have not shown symptoms.

It was also revealed by the league on Friday that two team announcers also tested positive for COVID-19: the Ottawa Senators' Gord Wilson and the St. Louis Blues’ John Kelly.

Two members of the Senators were the first NHL players to test positive for the virus, with the team having played a three-game road trip in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim before the league suspended play on March 12.

Wilson was on the team flight back from California and has been in isolation since March 18 but just received his positive test on Friday.

Kelly has been quarantined for 14 since his positive test but is now "feeling strong and symptom-free," according to a team release.

Players and other employees are to stay away from team facilities at least until April 7.

The Anaheim Ducks have signed three prospects to entry-level contracts, including their top-10 pick from the 2019 draft. 

Center Trevor Zegras and defenseman Hunter Drew received three-year deals, while winger Jack Badini signed a two-year contract with the team. 

Zegras, 19, recently completed his sophomore season at Boston University, tallying 11 goals and 25 assists in 33 games. In 2019-20, the six-foot, 170-pound forward was named to the Hockey East Conference All-Rookie Team and was third on the Terriers in points. 

A native of Bedford, New York, Zegras was the Ducks' first-round selection – ninth overall – in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. 

"He's got quite a bit of work ahead of him," Anaheim's executive vice president and general manager Bob Murray said in a team statement. 

"We know he's got the talent and intelligence to be an impactful NHL player."

The Ducks also signed Badini, a third-round draft choice in 2017, and Drew, who was picked in the sixth round in 2018. 

Badini, 22, recently completed his junior season with Harvard, totaling six goals and eight assists in 31 games with the Crimson. 

Drew had two goals and five assists in 29 games with the American Hockey League's San Diego Gulls. 

The Ducks currently sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division with 67 points, 11 out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, with the season suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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