It's almost like there's a pandemic going on.
The Blue Jackets are less than a full week into their 2020-21 training camp, and on Friday, announced they were holding "a number of players" out of practice. The team says the move is out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
CLUB STATEMENT:— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) January 8, 2021
The Columbus Blue Jackets have held a number of players out of todays scheduled practice out ofan abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL Covid-19 protocols.
If you'll recall, the Blue Jackets had to close their facilities earlier in the fall (prior to camp) after several players contracted or were exposed to COVID-19.
In these uncertain times, you can expect more of these updates as the season moves along. The NHL and NHLPA's agreement on a return to play included detailed protocols for dealing with COVID-19 issues within their teams, and just as the world deals with this virus, hockey will have to do the same.
#CBJ have 40 healthy players in camp. 21 on the ice today, 10 from NHL group: Dubois, Atkinson, Stenlund, Nash, Werenski, Harrington, Kukan, Carlsson (back on the ice), Merzlikins, Korpisalo. Rest are out bc an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL Covid-19 protocols.— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) January 8, 2021
There are 40 healthy players in camp with the Blue Jackets. According to Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com, only 21 skated on Friday.