Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Justin Braun have been added to the NHL’s COVID protocol list, joining teammate Travis Sanheim.
Justin Braun and Claude Giroux are the additions to the Flyers COVID protocol list.— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) February 9, 2021
This was announced hours after the official word that Tuesday night’s scheduled game against the Washington Capitals, has been postponed to a later date due to a reported positive case within the Flyers, and more players joining the league’s ever-growing list. With a much clearer picture now, both Braun and Giroux are two names on the protocol list that has had over 100 in just over a month of hockey being played.
Whether or not the trio representing Philadelphia is in fact positive with COVID-19, is unknown, but Darren Dreger of TSN did mention that there was “one additional positive test late last night,” leaving the entire fanbase just sadistically guessing at which player has the plague.
The Flyers are now just one of the multiple teams that have had their season uprooted because of the NHL trying to carry on through this global pandemic. The Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils are trying to set records with how many players they can fit on the NHL’s COVID protocol list, as the former is essentially building a full roster, trying to catch up to the Devils, who at one point had 17 players on the list.
#mnwild’s Cam Talbot, Jonas Brodin added to NHL COVID-19 protocol— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) February 9, 2021
Forwards: Bjugstad, Bonino, Eriksson Ek, Foligno, Johansson, Sturm
Defensemen: Brodin, Cole, Hunt, Soucy, Spurgeon
Rask taken off
Injured: Dumba, Zuccarello, Spurgeon, Johansson, Stalock, Rossi
As for when the Flyers will return to action, I’m not expecting any news soon—but that’s just me. The next scheduled game is against the New York Rangers on Feb. 14, a full week since they were last on the ice, but with more players testing positive and being at risk, in Philadelphia and throughout three American divisions, we’ll see what the league decides to do in the next few days.