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Dahlin added to NHL'S COVID Protocol List

Sabres now have 9 players in protocol in addition to coach Ralph Krueger

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has been added to the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol List. He will not be available for practices, travel or games until he is removed from the protocol.

Currently, eight other Sabres players - forwards Taylor Hall, Tobias Rieder, Dylan Cozens, Curtis Lazar and Casey Mittelstadt, and defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen, Brandon Montour and Jake McCabe - as well as head coach Ralph Krueger are in protocol.

Mittelstadt was on the list when it was initially updated Sunday evening, and Dahlin was added later.

Buffalo's practice facilities were closed indefinitely last Tuesday, and the NHL postponed four Sabres games as a result of Hall and Ristolainen entering the NHL's COVID Protocols.

Dahlin has three points (1+2) through 10 games this season.

The NHL announced 12 revisions to the Buffalo Sabres' 2020-21 schedule on Saturday. The list of changes can be found here.  

Buffalo's next game is scheduled for Thursday against the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. at KeyBank Center.

Throughout the 2020-21 season, the NHL is sharing the names of players who are "unavailable" to teams due to COVID protocols. This list is updated daily by the NHL.

These "COVID Protocol Related Absences" can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: 
(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.

No additional detail will be provided either by the League or the team, including the precise reason a player is unavailable or how long he might be out.

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