Ugh, another Avs player has been placed on the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list – and it’s a big one. Captain Gabe Landeskog joins Tyson Jost on the list, for the second time in the last 35 days.
Landeskog, you’ll recall, was one of four Avs players who had to miss some of training camp because of potential exposure to the virus. Landeskog later said he did not test positive. It’s believed this is the same scenario again, but unfortunately it means Landeskog will have to stay in Denver for the next few days, away from people and hockey activities with the team. He will not play this weekend in St. Louis.
Those two games – as I write this – are still scheduled to happen. Could things change? I suppose they very well could, but unless a handful more of Avs players join that list by tomorrow night, I think the games will still go on as scheduled. Obviously, the Avs will be at a severe disadvantage, with all their own injured guys still out, and now Landeskog and Jost unable to play either because of being on the Covid-19 protocol list.
With other games around the league being postponed – including the one tonight that was supposed to happen between the Avs and Minnesota Wild (who have six guys on the protocol list) – this is obviously becoming something of a mess for the NHL.
Thing is, we have yet to see a single player become seriously ill from the virus. There have been no fatalities to any pro player in any sport. That’s what’s frustrating a lot of people around the league. A lot of people around the league think this has been a giant overreaction – at least the part where players have to sit out because of potentially being exposed. Of course, nobody is going to say that for the record. If you actually test positive, that’s different.
Is what it is, folks.
The NHL is going to make some changes to the arenas now because of this, including the removal of glass behind the benches, for better circulation. More on that here.