Sport: NHL's COVID protocol-related absences for May 7, 2021

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Each day, the NHL will publicly release the list of players that are unavailable to their respective teams due to being in COVID-19 Protocol. Here is today’s list so far:

a hockey game in the snow: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is among the players in the COVID protocol.  © Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is among the players in the COVID protocol.

Anaheim – TBA

Colorado – Devan Dubnyk

Pittsburgh – TBA

Washington – Evgeny Kuznetsov

As a reminder, inclusion on this list does not mean that a player has tested positive for Coronavirus or even that they have been confirmed as a close contact to another positive person. Included in the NHL’s list of possible reasons for someone being on the list is are the following:

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"(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol."

Players removed today: Josh Leivo, Calgary Flames

No new names today, but it was confirmed that Ilya Samsonov is also in the COVID protocol with Kuznetsov. The Capitals goaltender is technically on the taxi squad, so doesn’t need to be listed here. Leivo finally gets cleared and can rejoin the Flames for the last few games of the season, after spending nearly two weeks in the protocol.

Kings' Christian Wolanin to be Group VI unrestricted free agent

  Kings' Christian Wolanin to be Group VI unrestricted free agent Christian Wolanin will qualify for Group VI unrestricted free agency, a status reserved for players 25 and older with three or more professional seasons but with fewer than 80 NHL games played. Yet, due to the shortened 2020-21 season, that games-played total was actually reduced to 71 total games played for Wolanin, making it even less likely that he would end up as a Group VI UFA. He entered the season with 43 games played, and as a starting defenseman for Ottawa, it seemed fairly obvious that he would play the necessary 28 games if he stayed healthy.

*denotes new addition

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