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Sports: Oilers place captain McDavid in COVID-19 protocol ahead of game with Maple Leafs

Seven Flames players, three coaches and seven support staff enter COVID-19 protocol

  Seven Flames players, three coaches and seven support staff enter COVID-19 protocol CALGARY — An outbreak that has forced the postponement of four Calgary Flames games worsened Wednesday after seven more players were added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list and the team's return to game play was delayed through Saturday. Head coach Darryl Sutter, associate coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach Ryan Huska were also in protocol along with seven support staff members, the NHL team said in a Twitter post. The Flames said theHead coach Darryl Sutter, associate coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach Ryan Huska were also in protocol along with seven support staff members, the NHL team said in a Twitter post.

TORONTO — The Oilers announced that captain Connor McDavid, forward Derek Ryan and defenceman Tyson Barrie have entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol hours before Edmonton was scheduled to face the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

  Oilers place captain McDavid in COVID-19 protocol ahead of game with Maple Leafs © Provided by The Canadian Press

McDavid and Ryan were held out of practice Tuesday after returning positive tests as the team awaited results of further testing to determine their status for Wednesday's game.

McDavid had tested negative on Monday before playing in Edmonton's 4-1 loss against the Rangers in New York.

The Oilers also placed forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve. Nugent-Hopkins had been out day-to-day since Saturday with an undisclosed injury.

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The Oilers also announced forward Zack Kassian has cleared COVID-19 protocols and goaltender Ilya Konovalov has been loaned to the team's taxi squad.

Goaltender Mike Smith is set to return from an undisclosed injury to start.

Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews told reporters he planned on playing in Wednesday's game after participating in practice. Matthews had been held out of Toronto's previous two practices for precautionary reasons after testing positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test on Monday, then negative on a PCR test Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2022.

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Tyson Barrie extension proving to be one of Holland’s biggest mistakes .
Amid a flurry of criticism, extending Tyson Barrie seemed like a relatively harmless move for the Edmonton Oilers. But the gift of hindsight has proven this to be one of general manager Ken Holland's worst decisions. After a very impressive 2020-21 regular season, the Oilers were flat-out embarrassed in the playoffs, getting swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round. It was clear that despite having two of the best stars in the game in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, this team needed to greatly improve its depth. The good news was that for the first time in his tenure with the Oilers, Holland finally had some cap space to make the necessary changes.

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