FLYERS GIROUX, BRAUN ON COVID LIST: WHY IS NHL SLOW TO DIVULGE?

By Tom Brennan

While the NBA is totally transparent about which players have contracted COVID-19 and who is quarantining, the NHL is like the CIA.

Last night’s Flyers-Capitals game was postponed, and it took four hours for the announcement that the Flyers Claude Giroux and Justin Braun were placed on the NHL’s COVID protocol list.

The NHL updates the list every day around 5 p.m. ET.

The Flyers currently have three players out because of COVID protocol. Travis Sanheim has remained sidelined since Sunday, when he missed the Flyers’ 7-4 win over the Capitals for COVID protocol.

The Flyers are not scheduled to play again until Sunday against Rangers (6 p.m. ET/NBCSP). The club’s home games on Thursday and Saturday against the Devils were postponed on Monday as the Devils currently have 19 players on the COVID protocol list.

Through their 8-3-2 start to the 2020-21 season, the Flyers have had four players placed on the COVID protocol list. Shayne Gostisbehere missed the Flyers’ first six games after he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“These are difficult times. You can do everything right and still contract COVID,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said on Feb. 2. “I think we’re all trying to be careful, I think the players recognize how fortunate we are to be back playing, playing games, competing for a Stanley Cup, earning a paycheck. There’s tough times out there and I don’t think anybody’s taking it for granted.”

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