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UPDATED: Mikko Rantanen now on Covid list; no new postponements though

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Mikko Rantanen

Exactly what we did NOT want to see, we saw this afternoon: Mikko Rantanen, star Avs winger, having an unbelievable season, is now on the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list.

After three straight days in which no new Avs had been added to the list, and in fact saw Bo Byram come off the list, Rantanen is now on it.

UPDATE: Avs coach Jared Bednar told Altitude 92.5 that Rantanen hasn’t actually tested positive for the virus. He said Rantanen could play next week if there are no further complications.

An NHL source told Colorado Hockey Now that, as of now, there are no new postponements of any existing games. The Avs are slated to resume their schedule Thursday in St. Louis. They are also slated to resume practice tomorrow. As of now, that practice is still on. Of course, things are always subject to change.

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Mikko Rantanen joins Philipp Grubauer and Joonas Donskoi on the Covid list. The Avs currently have the most players on the list of any team in the league. Only four other teams in the NHL, in fact, have anyone on the list. How the Avs were subject to an outbreak among multiple players isn’t known and may never be known. Players and staff were given vaccine shots last Monday night.

This is starting to play havoc with the Avs’ season. The Avs have already dropped back into second place in the Honda West Division to the Vegas Golden Knights by two points. Vegas has won seven in a row. The Avs do have two games in hand on Vegas, however. But now, some of those games are likely to be played without their leading goal scorer, No. 1 goalie and a valuable top-9 forward.

In other words, not good. I would say, hold your breath before tomorrow’s list is made public, folks.

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Rich

I just don’t get it?! This team has zero luck compared to other teams when it comes illness and injuries. Hopefully no more?! All the best and speedy recovery for Rants, Grubs and Donkey.

Cam

I don’t love it. But, if you’re looking for a silver lining, I think the rest will do anyone on the list well as the playoffs approach. that Dub acquisition is looking pretty smart all of the sudden.

Matt Briggle

Well, they say adversity builds character. Time to rally around, figure out who is going to play where, then go out there and beat up on the Blues.

Joshua Canfield

This is just so damn frustrating. Especially coming shortly after the team being vaccinated. Hopefully the guys recover quickly and the time off turns into an asset towards the end of the season & the start of the playoffs.

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