Well, this training camp is going great so far isn’t it? Avs are 1-3, one of the top two goalies is already hurt (3-4 weeks for Pavel Francouz, lower-body) and now the head coach, Jared Bednar, has tested positive for Covid-19.
That last one obviously is some serious news, and let’s all cross our fingers here for him. Several guys on the Avs have tested positive before (Erik Johnson, Gabe Landeskog, Bo Byram) and they got through it seemingly very well.
In last spring’s playoff series with Vegas, Bednar had to miss a morning skate because Game 6 because of “test irregularities”, but he was able to coach that night. So, this is his first positive test.
Assistant coaches Nolan Pratt and Ray Bennett will work the benches at the next two Avs games, including tonight’s preseason tilt in Dallas. Beyond that, nothing more has been said by the team. Obviously, when Bednar comes back will depend on his health.
Was Jared Bednar already vaccinated when he tested positive? The answer to that has to be yes, because that is the rule for NHL coaches. All of them must be vaccinated to continue on with their jobs.
I’m a little late posting this, sorry. Been doing physical therapy for the back, which is NOT good. More on this later…