Add another member of Avalanche personnel to the Covid-19 list. On the day Jared Bednar is set to return behind the bench as Avs coach, defenseman Jack Johnson is now sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19, Colorado Hockey Now has learned.
Johnson, I’m told, is feeling asymptomatic – the same situation regarding Nathan MacKinnon. But, obviously he’s out for tonight and probably longer. Tough news, especially after JJ played so well in the season opener against Chicago and seemed to have a new lease on life with the Avs. But, assuming he doesn’t get real sick from the virus, he should be back soon.
Johnson, like the rest of the Avs, was fully vaccinated.
I don’t think anyone will be called up from the Eagles in time to play tonight. The Eagles are in Nevada right now. Hey, maybe a Justin Barron will be called up, but my stronger hunch is someone like a Kurtis MacDermid will fill his spot tonight against the Blues. It might be a rough game anyway.
More soon on this…