Evgeny Kuznetsov In COVID-19 Protocol

The Washington Capitals announced Wednesday afternoon that center Evgeny Kuznetsov is in COVID-19 protocol and is unavailable to the team.

Assuming Kuznetsov tested positive, this would be his third bout with COVID.

Lars Eller was the first Capitals player to enter COVID protocol this season. He entered protocol when the team was starting their annual west coast road trip.

Nic Dowd and Trevor van Riemsdyk just came out of protocols while Garnet Hathaway remains in protocols. Goalie coach Scott Murray is also still in protocols.

After having three games postponed due to COVID-19 issues this week, the Calgary Flames’ placed seven players (including star goaltender Jacob Markstrom and left-wing Johnny Gaudreau), head coach Darryl Sutter and two assistant coaches, and seven support staff members in COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.

The Predators also announced on Wednesday that six players (C Mikael Granlund, C Ryan Johansen, C Matt Luff, C Michael McCarron, C Philip Tomasino, and D Ben Harpur) in addition to head coach John Hynes, assistants Dan Lambert and Todd Richards, and goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok have been placed on COVID-19 protocol.

As expected, the NHL is implementing enhanced protocols in next step of defending against the current wave of COVID-19. The protocols will be league wide through Jan 7, but will be revisited early in the New Year and could be extended.

The NHLPA will hold an executive board call tonight (32 player reps) to discuss and answer any questions on the enhanced protocols.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Evgeny Kuznetsov In COVID-19 Protocol

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Can I say, “Damn it!”?

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