Mika Zibanejad is heading back to Sweden (Update: Others Leaving NY)

3/18/20 | Lundqvist told Brooks that he and his family were still deciding what to do. (NY Post)
3/17/20 | Larry Brooks notes that in addition to Zibanejad, Kaapo Kakko has returned to Finland, Henrik Lundqvist is making plans to return to Sweden and Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden have all gone to their offseason homes. (Brooks)

3/16/20 | 5:30PM: Larry Brooks tweets that Mika Zibanejad is planning to return home to Sweden tonight. (Brooks)

Earlier today the NHL announced that:





  • “Effective immediately, Players can opt to return home (outside of the Club’s home city, including outside of North America, to the extent flights are available).
  • The self-quarantine period should continue within the Player’s home through and including Friday, March 27, unless a longer period may be required in accordance with local mandates related to travel. Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to Club medical staff.
  • At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of Club facilities to Players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the Players on the same basis as in the off-season.
  • Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC’s directive.”