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Carlo Added To COVID Protocol But No Bruins ‘Severely Ill’



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Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo became the latest Bruin to be placed in COVID protocol on Tuesday morning but shortly after that, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy did provide some good news on the ten other Bruins in the protocol.

“I haven’t talked to everybody every day, but nobody has become severely ill. A couple of guys had a few symptoms, other guys none,” Cassidy said in a Zoom call with the media Tuesday morning. “But I anticipate everybody that is eligible, that meets that 10 days or I understand you can test out of it if you have a couple of negatives, then they will join us on the ice on the 26th for practice, then on the 27th at home against Pittsburgh.”

Cassidy reiterated that as of now, no Bruins were in danger of being hospitalized.

“Nobody even close from my understanding no players (were) even close to being hospitalized or anything like that,” Cassidy emphasized. “A couple of guys had probably flu-like symptoms, other guys had none.”

However, Cassidy did acknowledge that even if the Boston Bruins players currently in COVID protocol are cleared to practice and play after the holiday break, they may only be able to do so in the United States. That would mean the Bruins still could be drastically shorthanded in their second game back when they play the Senators in Ottawa on December 29.



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“Now some guys I’m not 100% sure, because of the dates we had some guys (enter protocol) almost daily for three or four days there, who will be able to travel to Canada who meets the 14-day requirement,” Cassidy said. “So you might see a different lineup in Ottawa than against Pittsburgh.”

Carlo became the first Boston Bruins defenseman to be placed in COVID protocol.  The other Bruins are forwards Brad Marchand, Craig Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Jeremy Swayman, Trent Frederic, Anton Blidh, Oskar Steen, Taylor Hall, and Curtis Lazar.

The Boston Bruins were shut down from all in-person team activities this past Saturday. They had four games postponed: Saturday at Montreal, Sunday at Ottawa, Tuesday vs the Carolina Hurricanes, and Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. The B’s are slated to return to the ice on Dec. 27 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


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Please ask Bruce Cassidy to let Talyor Hall play 2nd line center with Jake Debrusk on his left wing and Smith on the right wing. 2 Snipers and a play making center. Plus the final try at getting Debrusk to play better, by playing him with his idol.

Lawrence Maiolo

STOP THE TESTING MADNESS!!! If a player has symptoms then test him, otherwise, leave them alone and let them play!! I believe the NFL is going to monthly testing and testing those with symptoms in between. They finally are starting to get it.

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