Frederik Andersen desires to be again in his crease this summer.
The Maple Leafs goaltender would love nothing more than to attempt to assist Toronto get rid of the Columbus Blue Jackets within the qualifying spherical of Phase Four of the National Hockey League’s Return to Play plan.
Before that probably occurs, nevertheless, Andersen is prepared to wait.
“I don’t think we have enough information yet,” Andersen mentioned on Tuesday throughout a Zoom name with media, referring to which manner he would possibly vote on a return to play given the well being points concerning the COVID-19 pandemic that should be taken into consideration.
“The PA (NHL Players’ Association) and the league are nonetheless ironing that out after which we are going to see. It looks as if it’s the 11th hour right here, so hopefully issues will progress within the subsequent week or so as a result of the July 10th objective (to open coaching camp) is arising quickly. I’ll make that call as soon as I get more information.
“The entire factor usually has to make sense. Safety is essential and possibly an important.
“I want to play. I don’t want to simply sit and waste a summer and a season.”
The NHL introduced on Monday that 26 gamers in complete have examined constructive for COVID-19 since June 8, together with 15 who’ve reported to coaching services for non-compulsory exercises as a part of Phase 2.
Andersen, who has been again in Toronto “for quite a bit now,” was requested what offers him confidence that it is going to be protected for the NHL to return to play video games this summer.
“I’m not quite 100% confident yet,” Andersen mentioned. “The league could be very adamant in working towards that.
“I feel as soon as we get to the hub cities, everybody can have to be assured and the league can have a superb setup. It’s a matter of getting there first.”
The announcement of the NHL’s two hub cities is predicted comparatively quickly. Las Vegas, Toronto, Edmonton, Chicago and Los Angeles had been the final cities to be within the working.
“If it is a bubble and it’s done the right way, I don’t think it really should matter (which cities are chosen),” Andersen mentioned. “It could be anywhere. Whatever is the best setup, once we figure that out, I hope we should be good to go.”
And if the Leafs play in Toronto? Andersen doesn’t see that as a bonus.
“Once everyone is there, I think people will be familiar with the hotel, the rink, all that stuff,” Andersen mentioned. “There won’t be fans, obviously, so I think all that stuff will be a pretty even playing field for everyone.”
Andersen had been staying with Leafs centre Auston Matthews initially through the NHL pause at Matthews’ dwelling in Scottsdale, Ariz., but mentioned he was in California figuring out together with his private coach when the state of Arizona just lately noticed a spike in coronavirus circumstances. Andersen wouldn’t touch upon Matthews’ constructive COVID-19 take a look at end result, reported by the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons on June 19.
“Regarding everyone else and other people’s medical, I don’t want to comment on that,” Andersen mentioned. “I don’t think it’s the right thing for me to do that.”
Andersen has been participating in on-ice periods on the Ford Performance Centre within the voluntary exercises, but in any other case should quarantine in his downtown apartment till his two-week interval is finished. It will conclude earlier than July 10, Andersen mentioned.
“The Leafs have done an amazing job of cleaning the facility out there and I think they have done a really good job of setting us up for a safe environment,” Andersen mentioned.
“I feel like I have been able to keep my good shape and work on things I could off the ice, but the on-ice timing is going to be key.”
And then, if the NHL has been ready to correctly transfer to Phase 4, a Leafs date with the Blue Jackets.
“They’re a deep team, a team we have to be ready for,” Andersen mentioned. “It will be a tough task, but something we have to work on and getting confident we can win.”