NHL teams return for testing adding to ever-growing COVID-19 protocol list

The NHL extended the already expanded Holiday Break by postponing all games scheduled for tomorrow. Today, teams have returned for testing and practice. As a result, it’s led to even more players being added to the league’s ever-growing COVID-19 protocol list.

Here’s the latest round of teams/players impacted by the virus.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning placed star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and three other players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday.

Goaltender Brian Elliott, forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev joined assistant coach Rob Zettler in the protocol. Head coach Jon Cooper was placed on the list last week.

Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols Sunday.

The organization has been hit particularly hard by the virus this month. The Bruins have not played since Dec. 16, with at least nine players and two club staff in the protocols as of Dec. 18.

Bruins players who were in COVID protocols when the pause went into effect included top scorer Brad Marchand, captain Patrice Bergeron and goalie Jeremy Swayman. The team was also without coach Bruce Cassidy for a period of time due to him testing positive.

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Apr 1, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Don Granato watches his team play during the second period against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato and forwards Dylan Cozens and Mark Jankowski entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday.

The Sabres, who canceled practice on Sunday, announced all three individuals are asymptomatic at this time.

Forwards Vinnie Hinostroza, Zemgus Girgensons and Jeff Skinner were added to the list last week prior to the impromptu break in the schedule.

The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Lucas Raymond and defenseman Nick Leddy in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Meanwhile, forwards Robby Fabbri and Michael Rasmussen were removed.

New York Islanders announced that Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Zach Parise and Oliver Wahlstrom were added to their COVID list. In addition they assigned Cole Bardreau, Simon Holmstrom and Grant Hutton to their taxi squad.

From Long Island to New York City, the Rangers added defenseman Ryan Lindgren and Alexandar Georgiev to the COVID-19 protocol. They joined defenseman Patrick Nemeth, who was added last week.

In Dallas, the Stars put Radek Faksa, Miro Heiskanen, Joel Kiviranta, Michael Raffl and Jason Robertson, along with two support staff members, into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol They joined Jani Hakanpaa, who was on the list earlier.

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–Field Level Media contributed to this report