The Detroit Red Wings are currently dealing with quite a few players in COVID-19 protocol but most (if not all) of those players should soon be cleared to rejoin the team.
On Monday, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill spoke to the media about how he will deal with players who come off the COVID-19 list and are still not comfortable suiting up.
“Certainly, nobody would play who wasn’t comfortable playing,” Blashill said. “That’s one conversation we’ll have with every player as they come off – are you comfortable playing? If they tell me they’re not comfortable, they just don’t feel ready, then they wouldn’t play. But our expectation, having spoken to all of them already, is that as guys come off, they’ll be inserted into practice and then into the lineup.”
The Red Wings’ next game is currently scheduled for Wednesday and Blashill says the team is moving forward as if that game will go on as planned.
“Given the fact the NHL canceled some (Wednesday) games and didn’t cancel ours, I’d assume we’re going to play,” Blashill said. “That’s the mindset we wanted to get across to our players today so you kind of move as business as usual.”