Washington Capitals center Lars Eller told 106.7 The Fan Thursday morning that the team is staying in Chicago on Thursday and will fly into Winnipeg on Friday (gameday) in order spend as little time in Canada as possible.
Lars Eller tells @JunksRadio that the Capitals are staying an extra day in Chicago and will fly into Winnipeg tomorrow (gameday) in order spend as little time in Canada as possible. If someone were to test positive (today) it would be far better to be in US. #ALLCAPS
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) December 16, 2021
Eller added that If someone were to test positive (today) for COVID-19 it would be far better to be in the U.S. where the required quarantine period is less than what is currently required in Canada – 14 days. It’s also been reported that there is a longer lag time in receiving test results in Canada.
It’s not clear if the strategy will completely eliminate all player testing while in Canada. Theoretically, if a team is required to test once a day, the Capitals could test Friday morning in Chicago before departing for Canada and return to the U.S. immediately following the game without having to test in Canada at all.
Other teams are employing similar strategies in order to avoid a potentially long quarantine in Canada and avoid being stranded in Canada for the holidays.
— Sophia Jurksztowicz (@sjurksztowicz) December 15, 2021
Forward Nic Dowd and defenseman Trever van Riemsdyk will not travel with the team to Winnipeg and thus will not play against the Jets because they were recently in COVID-19 protocol.
#Caps center Nic Dowd and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will not travel to Winnipeg due to COVID protocol rules entering Canada. Both players will be designated as non-roster.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 16, 2021
The Capitals face the Winnipeg Jets Friday night. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM ET.
By Jon Sorensen