The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that center Lars Eller has returned to Washington this afternoon for the birth of his second child. Upon returning to Toronto, Eller will follow the NHL’s quarantine and testing protocol before rejoining the team.
The 30-year-old center announced during training camp that he would leave the bubble to be with his wife. He and his wife announced they are expecting a boy on August 8, which would be this coming Saturday.
#Caps center Lars Eller has returned to Washington this afternoon for the birth of his second child. Upon returning to Toronto, Eller will follow the NHL’s quarantine and testing protocol before rejoining the team.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) August 5, 2020
According to the league’s health and safety protocols, Eller must quarantine upon his return to the team until he can produce at least four consecutive negative tests over a four-day period.
Eller is actually not the first player to voluntarily leave the bubble for the birth of a child. That honor goes to Ivan Barbashev of the St. Louis Blues who departed on Tuesday.
Head coach Todd Reirden told the media during training camp that Travis Boyd, who recorded three goals, 10 points, and a +9 rating in 24 games during the regular season, will replace Eller when he leaves the bubble.
Eller will miss the Capitals’ second round-robin tournament game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday (4 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington, NBCSN) on Thursday. The Capitals wrap up their round-robin tournament for seeding on Sunday against the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Arena before the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs next week.
Congratulations Eller family!
By Harrison Brown