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Report: Bettman to speak with PM Trudeau about potential COVID-19 testing

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in contact with the Canadian government and has made "a plan to connect directly" with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss potential testing for the coronavirus, TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading."

"There's a number of developing options that could be available, promoting some optimism at least within the National Hockey League," Dreger said.

The league extended its self-quarantine period for players and staff for a third time Tuesday, pushing the recommendation through April 30.

Bettman continues to explore all options for completing the season, which was suspended March 12. Potential alternatives include playing games without spectators as well as hosting contests at neutral locations.

Some players around the league, including Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty, are not as optimistic about the season resuming.

Eight players - five on the Ottawa Senators and three on the Colorado Avalanche - have tested positive for the virus. All have since recovered.

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