The National Hockey League has been suffering through the pandemic for the better part of two seasons now and on Monday evening we received some significant developments in regards to the NHL's COVID protocols.
According to a report from NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, two members of the New York Rangers roster have been added to the league's COVID list. Those players are forward Pavel Buchnevich and defenseman Adam Fox, and at the time of this report we have no idea when they might become available again. The league has provided no details in regards to any positive test, and this could simply be a case of precautionary measures or even the case of a false positive.
Although the news was unpleasant for the Rangers on Monday, two other NHL teams received some good news with their players coming off of the COVID list.
The Los Angeles Kings will once again have veteran defenseman Olli Maatta available to them effective immediately and perhaps the biggest name impacted by today's development is Jean Gabriel Pageau of the New York Islanders. Pageau, like Matta, has come off the COVID list and will be available to the Islanders once again, huge news for a team that recently lost another forward with Islanders captain Anders Lee suffering an injury that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the regular season last week.
No doubt this is far from the last of it this season, so stay tuned for all the details on the NHL's COVID list.