Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players who are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 protocol. Here is the list for today:
Boston – Jaroslav Halak
Colorado – Bowen Byram, Philipp Grubauer
Edmonton – Dmitry Kulikov
Los Angeles – Matt Roy
Montreal – Jon Merrill, Erik Gustafsson
Philadelphia – Jackson Cates
Toronto – Nick Foligno, Riley Nash, William Nylander, Ben Hutton
Vancouver – Nils Hoglander, Nate Schmidt, Jake Virtanen
As a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for coronavirus or even that he has been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person. Included in the NHL’s list of possible reasons for someone being on the list is are the following:
(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol
Players removed today: Nicholas Robertson, Toronto Maple Leafs; Jalen Chatfield, Vancouver Canucks; Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks; Jayce Hawryluk, Vancouver Canucks; Zack MacEwen, Vancouver Canucks
Despite the Canucks getting down to just three names, the team will not resume play Friday as originally scheduled. Instead, the league is giving the team some extra time to recover and prepare for action.
Good news is that the Avalanche did not have any new names after Grubauer’s recent positive test. Hopefully, that will continue to be true over the next several days.
*denotes new addition