It sure sounds as though the Flyers’ COVID-related team pause is going to finish by the end of the week, with NHL deputy commission Bill Daly saying the team will resume its schedule on Thursday. Daly says the league will “continue to monitor the situation” with the Flyers, who would stand to not only return to play the Rangers on Thursday, but would also remain in the NHL’s outdoor showcase in Lake Tahoe against the Bruins on Sunday in a nationally televised game.
As of now, NHL deputy commish Bill Daly said, the @NHLFlyers will resume play Thursday vs @NYRangers, and will play in outdoor game Sunday vs @NHLBruins in Lake Tahoe. “We will, of course, continue to actively monitor the situation, Daly said.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) February 15, 2021
The update comes on the heels of the Flyers repordley returning to practice this morning in Voorhees after spending the better part of nine days paused and placing seven players on the COVID protocol list. That plan, however, was scraped at the advisement of the league, likely no doubt hanging on dearly to the prospects of the Flyers being able to participate in the Lake Tahoe game.
That list remained at seven players with Travis Konecny being added as Travis Sanheim was removed Sunday evening.
Friend of the program, the Athletic’s Charlie O’Connor, reports that the Flyers will instead return to the ice on Tuesday for practice.
Flyers announce that they will not have practice today, on advisement from the league. Scheduled now to return tomorrow.— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) February 15, 2021
More to come as the Flyers’ schedule remains in COVID limbo, though signs are pointing toward them returning to competition sooner rather than later — if all goes according to plan.