GARRIOCH: Ottawa Senators cancel skateboarding as they await the results of more COVID-19 tests

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The Ottawa Senators put their practice skate on ice before heading to Beantown.

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With winger Austin Watson, defender Nick Holden and associate coach Jack Capuano placed on COVID-19 protocol over the weekend, the Senators decided to scrap their skating Monday morning “as a precaution” as they prepare to face the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. on the road in TD Garden.

Monday morning forwards Connor Brown and Dylan Gambrell were added to the COIVD-19 protocol list. The club also called up forwards Egor Sokolov and Scott Sabourin to take their places. Brown and Gambrell have not confirmed that it is positive, so they may be able to get dressed on Thursday, but they are not making the trip out of the precation.

The Senators’ management, staff and players have been tested daily since Watson received his positive result on Friday and the club is believed to be waiting to see if there are even more cases among the group. Holden and Capuano were placed on COVID-19 protocol Sunday night and defender Erik Brannstrom was called from Belleville.

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But judging from past history during this pandemic, it wouldn’t be surprising if senators had even more positive cases before heading to Boston. Watson’s result came after the club concluded a three-game, six-day tour of Dallas, Chicago and Minnesota.

Although everyone except Watson received the green light after Friday’s tryouts, Holden and Capuano, who were with the team in the club’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on Saturday, learned they had given positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Sunday.

“We had a clean test (Friday). Since that road trip, you worry about being in the States for that amount of time and then a player gets into protocols, so you are a little nervous that other players will understand, ”coach DJ Smith said Saturday before the club. faced bolts

Senators have experience with COVID-19: They were one of the NHL’s hardest hit teams when they traveled through California before the NHL went on hiatus on March 11, 2020.

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