Bruins place 3 more players in COVID-19 protocol | Sports News

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The Boston Bruins placed forwards Anton Blidh and Trent Frederic and goaltender Jeremy Swayman in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Thursday.

With the number of coronavirus cases and game postponements increasing in the league, the addition of Blidh, Frederic and Swayman gave the Bruins six players in protocol. A member of the team’s staff was also placed on the list on Thursday.

Patrice Bergeron, leading scorer Brad Marchand and compatriot Craig Smith were put on the protocol list earlier this week. Bergeron entered on Wednesday, a day after Marchand and Smith. The six players could be absent until the end of December.

Coach Bruce Cassidy, who tested positive on November 30, just joined the team on Monday.

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Hard-hit Calgary has added two more players and another member of the team’s support staff to its list of COVID-19 protocols. Stopped by the worst coronavirus outbreak in the NHL this season, the Flames have postponed four games until Saturday, and it’s likely more will be struck out.

Center Dillon Dube and defenseman Oliver Kylington joined 16 of their teammates in protocol. The organization’s total number of 30 also includes coach Darryl Sutter, star winger Johnny Gaudreau and number 1 goalie Jacob Markstrom.

The Nashville Predators announced Thursday that assistant coach Dan Hinote has been added to the protocol roster, and the Edmonton Oilers said forward Devin Shore joined center Ryan McLeod and coach Dave Tippett in the protocol.

More than 140 NHL players were on the protocol roster this season in a league that has proudly noted that all but one of its roughly 700 players are considered fully vaccinated, although booster shots are not mandatory.

This is a disheartening trend for the league, which plans to allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics in China in February, unless the disruption over COVID-19 proves too great.

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