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Two Wings Added To The COVID List, Sam Gagner And John Merrill

NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2021) – The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on Jan. 21, 2021, in accordance with the League’s COVID Protocols.

Continuing for the balance of the 2020-21 season, the NHL is 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.

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.

On game days, teams have until 5 p.m. local time to report their results.

COVID Protocol Related Absences – Jan. 21, 2021:

Anaheim – none

Arizona – none

Boston – none

Buffalo – none

Calgary – none

Carolina – Warren Foegele; Jordan Martinook; Jaccob Slavin; Jordan Staal; Teuvo Teravainen

Chicago – none

Colorado – none

Columbus – Mikko Koivu

Dallas – will be released prior to its first game

Detroit – Adam Erne; Robby Fabbri; Sam Gagner; Jon Merrill

Edmonton – none

Florida – Juho Lammikko

Los Angeles – TBA

Minnesota – Alex Stalock

Montreal – TBA

Nashville – none

New Jersey – Mackenzie Blackwood; Jesper Bratt

NY Islanders – none

NY Rangers – none

Ottawa – none

Philadelphia – none

Pittsburgh – none

San Jose – none

St. Louis – none

Tampa Bay – Curtis McElhinney

Toronto – none

Vancouver – none

Vegas – none

Washington – Evgeny Kuznetsov; Dmitry Orlov; Alex Ovechkin; Ilya Samsonov

Winnipeg – Anton Forsberg; Tucker Poolman

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DETROIT—The Detroit Red Wings today reassigned left wing Taro Hirose to the team’s taxi squad from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Hirose, 24, signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on March 12, 2019 and has appeared in 36 NHL games since turning professional, producing 14 points (3-11-14) and eight penalty minutes. After making his NHL debut at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Hirose tied a franchise record by notching an assist in each of his first five games with the team, which tied Dylan Larkin’s mark for longest point streak to begin a career. He split his first full professional campaign between the Red Wings and American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, recording seven points (2-5-7) and six penalty minutes in 26 NHL games along with 27 points (5-22-27) and 12 penalty minutes in 35 AHL contests. Hirose’s AHL stint included a Griffins season-best seven-game assist streak, part of a longer stretch in which he produced 14 assists over a 13-game span from Jan. 18-Feb. 28.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/21/21 at 07:03 PM ET

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So is Helm back? Is he playing tonight?

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 01/22/21 at 11:13 AM ET


He was practicing and were missing 3 Fs so I imagine hell be in but with the Hirose assignment idk.  Never know how youre gonna bounce back from covid.  Helm may need to get some practice reps to get back in it.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/22/21 at 11:54 AM ET

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Wings are/did fly to Chicago this morning. Doubt Blashill announces his lineup until the latest moment.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/21 at 11:57 AM ET

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Bummer about Merrill. He has been playing well.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 01/22/21 at 03:13 PM ET

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