Photo: The Hockey Writers
According to the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell, Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on Saturday. The 24-year-old, along with forward T.J. Oshie, took a “maintenance day” from the team’s practice on Saturday. Oshie was not on the COVID-19 list.
Center Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov remain on the list. They were placed on it on January 20.
Forward Daniel Carr practiced in Vrana’s spot on the second-line in Saturday’s practice.
Vrana has not missed a game since April 15, 2018, when he was a healthy scratch.
Per the NHL’s press release, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID protocols includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.
The Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (12 PM ET, NBC).
By Harrison Brown