Max Domi among 17 players missed camp for the Columbus Blue Jackets, is a season delay coming?

Max Domi (Jean-Yves Ahern / USA Today)

On Friday, the Columbus Blue Jackets took the ice with just 21 skaters. That’s noteworthy because that means they held out 17 others from training camp.

What’s next for the Blue Jackets

As of today, no further statement from the Blue Jackets has come. If it is COVID-19 related, the NHL would issue a similar statement as they did for the Dallas Stars.

When discussing Dallas, they had six players and two staff members test positive for COVID-19. They have all gone into quarantine and will have their season delayed 10 days. They are currently looking at starting the season on 1/19.

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John Tortorella (NHLI/Getty Images)

Head coach, John Tortorella learned of the situation from the head trainer before they took the ice. If they also have to shutdown, picking out who makes the team becomes harder. He seems more concerned about getting past this and surviving what will be a challenging season for all teams.

“Who knows what happens day to day?” Tortorella said after practice. “Maybe it’s good that it happens early on here, try to figure out protocol, try to drill home the protocol and how we adjust to it.”

Who missed practice yesterday

According to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, here’s who was kept off the ice yesterday.

Forwards: Emil Bemstrom, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Max Domi, Nick Foligno, Nathan Gerbe, Liam Foudy, Mikhail Grigorenko, Boone Jenner, Mikko Koivu, Eric Robinson and Alexandre Texier.

Defensemen: Adam Clendening, Michael Del Zotto, Vladislav Gavrikov, Seth Jones, Andrew Peeke and David Savard.

Of particular concern is Max Domi who is a diabetic. If you recall, the Canadiens held him out of Return-to-Play for a bit due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Blue Jackets and the rest of the league are now in wait-and-see mode. Will we have our second team in as many days postpone their season? Answers could come as soon as today.

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