Philadelphia Flyers forwards Morgan Frost and Jakub Voracek were added to the NHL’s COVID Protocol list on Thursday. That brings the Flyers’ total up to five players on the list as they joined Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, and Travis Sanheim.
Frost was already ruled out for the season and set to undergo shoulder surgery. Voracek played in Sunday’s game with Braun and Giroux and practiced with Sanheim on Saturday.
This has been a tough week for the Flyers. After beating the Washington Capitals on Sunday, they learned of Sanheim being added to the COVID list after he missed the game due to an undisclosed issue. The Flyers didn’t have any other players added to the list on Monday or Wednesday, but Tuesday and Thursday have seen additions. Braun and Giroux brought the total to three players on Wednesday before Frost and Voracek were added today.
The Flyers’ games this week have already been postponed. They are off until at least Sunday, with next Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers looking like it may be in jeopardy as well.
There have also been some reports that there are backup teams for the game at Lake Tahoe. That game is scheduled to take place next Sunday, February 21st. However, with more Flyers being added to the COVID list, the scheduled Flyers-Bruins game may need to be changed. The Rangers reportedly are one of the possible replacement teams to play the Bruins.
With the number of Flyers players on the COVID list only growing, it’s hard to imagine them playing a game anytime soon. Players and staff will need to quarantine and we could be looking at a longer break here.
The Flyers can only sit and wait things out. Hopefully, this doesn’t become a more serious issue than it already is.
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