With the date approaching for players to declare whether they will be participating in the NHL’s post-season format, Max Domi has decided he will wait seven to 10 days before deciding whether to take part in the Montreal Canadiens’ run.
The Canadiens and Max Domi have agreed to wait 7-to-10 days before deciding if the forward will join the team for Phase 3.https://t.co/Fkuv1HSl0a— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 12, 2020
Domi is a Type-1 diabetic, and is at increased risk of severe illness if he were to contract COVID-19. He will need to decide whether he will take the risks that come with joining a group of hundreds of players and personnel in the Toronto hub.
It will surely be a difficult decision for Domi. Not only would he be missing out on the first post-season experience of his NHL career, but he will have also made his last on-ice impression before going into contract negotiations. The two-year deal he signed shortly after his trade to Montreal expires at the end of the 2019-20 season. After an incredible debut season, scoring 72 points in 62 games, he only managed 44 in 71 games this season, and may not have a chance to boost his stock with a solid post-season showing.
The seven-to-10 day wait period will also make sure there are no positive tests in the Canadiens’ group as they enter the team’s bubble.