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Darren Helm And Christian Djoos Unavailable Due To COVID Protocol

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2021) – The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League’s COVID Protocols.

Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are “unavailable” to the Club (to practice, travel or play in games) due to COVID protocols. Such “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.


The League will maintain a dedicated list, to be launched later this week on media.nhl.com, which will be updated daily to reflect the Players on each Club that are unavailable to practice or play due to a COVID Protocol Related Absence – no additional detail will be provided either by the League or the Club, including the precise reason the Player is unavailable or how long he might be out.


COVID Protocol Related Absences – Jan. 13, 2021:


Anaheim - none


Arizona – Lawson Crouse


Boston - Karson Kuhlman


Buffalo - none


Calgary - none


Carolina - none


Chicago - none


Colorado – Erik Johnson


Columbus – Mikko Koivu


Dallas – will be released prior to its first game


Detroit – Darren Helm, Christian Djoos


Edmonton – Gaetan Haas; James Neal


Florida – Markus Nutivaara


Los Angeles – Cal Petersen; Kurtis MacDermid; Sean Walker


Minnesota – Alex Stalock


Montreal - none


Nashville – Mikael Granlund; Luca Sbisa


New Jersey - none


NY Islanders - none


NY Rangers – Justin Richards


Ottawa - none


Philadelphia – Shayne Gostisbehere


Pittsburgh – Kasperi Kapanen


San Jose – Max Letunov


St. Louis - none


Tampa Bay - none


Toronto - none


Vancouver – Jordie Benn; J.T. Miller


Vegas - none


Washington - none


Winnipeg – Nikolaj Ehlers

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Paul's avatar

Stephen Whyno tweet,

NHL released list of players unavailable because of Covid protocols. We’ll get this daily. Won’t give specifics. So it could be a positive, or potential exposure or quarantine, etc.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/21 at 06:35 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“As simple as I can put it, I’m just looking for improvement,” Yzerman said.

The Red Wings had the NHL’s worst record last season and struggled mightily all season.

So Yzerman, during this long, pandemic-driven offseason, went to work acquiring or signing veteran free agents to short-term deals, to improve the roster and enable young players to continue maturing.

It’s the young players Yzerman will keep a specific eye on.

“As a team, we want to be better,” Yzerman said. “Certainly we’re expecting our younger players to be improved. They’re a year more mature and experienced and hopefully stronger and explosive and a little better conditioned.

“Again, we just to see improvement. We’re trying to progress and if we can be better in every area, I don’t know what our point total will be or where we’ll finish in the standings, but throughout the whole organization we’re looking at improvement.”

read on

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/13/21 at 08:15 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Dallas – will be released prior to its first game

Haha wow

Posted by TreKronor on 01/14/21 at 09:42 AM ET

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