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Canucks boss Jim Rutherford in quarantine after positive COVID test

Jim Rutherford, the Vancouver Canucks' president of hockey operations, has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday.

73-year-old working from home ahead of Monday's trade deadline

Jim Rutherford, Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations, has tested positive for COVID-19. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Jim Rutherford, the Vancouver Canucks' president of hockey operations, has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday.

The 73-year-old has entered the NHL's protocol and is working from home during his quarantine period.

The news comes during a busy period for the Hall of Famer ahead of the league's trade deadline on Monday.

Much of the Canucks roster tested positive for COVID-19 when an outbreak swept through the locker room in late December and early January, forcing several games to be postponed.

Rutherford came to Vancouver in December after spending more than seven years as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and '17.

Despite an ugly start to the season, the Canucks (30-24-7) remain in the playoff race and will host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

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