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Sidney Crosby activated from NHL COVID-19 protocol list

As the trade deadline quickly approaches, Bob McKenzie details the questions that the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins must answer and how the salary cap will impact their decisions.

The Penguins have activated Sidney Crosby from the NHL COVID-19 protocol list hours before their matchup against the Flyers.

Crosby missed Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia after landing on the list. Assistant coach Todd Reirden also was absent. Both have been cleared to resume activities with the team.

Being placed on the protocol list does not necessarily mean the player has COVID-19.

From the NHL:

“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.

Charlie Coyle, Tomas Hertl, and Joel Farabee, who scored twice during the Flyers’ 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Tuesday, were the only NHL players on Thursday’s update.


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.