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. Even though the league is still waiting on reports from the Flames and Oilers, here is the rest of Tuesday’s list:
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 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
The big story Tuesday is Crosby, who we learned in the morning that he would not be available for Pittsburgh’s game against the Flyers. It is not clear why exactly Crosby is on the list, but he’ll miss at least Tuesday night's game. Johansen’s appearance is also a tough blow for the Predators, who recently lost Ryan Ellis and Luke Kunin to injured reserve. Nashville is likely headed into sell-off mode as the deadline approaches.
Three names coming off is another strong day, although the two new ones obviously generate some concern. Still, to see the Coyotes, Red Wings and Rangers clear their boards entirely is encouraging.
*denotes new addition