MONTREAL — Ryan Strome is in COVID-19 protocol and won’t be out there for the Rangers’ first of two video games in Canada, on Saturday towards the Canadiens, the workforce introduced Friday.

Initially of the season, the Rangers confirmed that the workforce had been one hundred pc vaccinated. It’s attainable, nevertheless, to check constructive for the coronavirus regardless of being vaccinated, particularly amid the emergence of the Delta variant.

To ensure that NHL groups to enter Canada, members of every workforce’s touring occasion are required to indicate proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 molecular take a look at consequence carried out inside 72 hours of departure time of their flight.

Strome’s designation to the protocol doesn’t essentially imply he examined constructive for the virus. There’s a chance Strome did have a constructive consequence, but it surely additionally might’ve been an inconclusive take a look at or that he was deemed a high-risk shut contact to somebody who has contracted the coronavirus.

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In response to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 season, absolutely vaccinated gamers who take a look at constructive or inconclusive and are asymptomatic could proceed to be examined every day with lab-based RT-PCR exams throughout their interval of isolation. If a participant has two or extra consecutive unfavourable exams, a membership’s physicians, in session with infectious illness specialists (and if it’s allowable below relevant native well being laws), could apply to the NHL Chief Medical Officer and the NHL Gamers Associations’ Chief Medical Marketing consultant for an early exit from isolation.

It’s unclear if Strome traveled with the workforce to Canada.


Head coach Gerard Gallant stated he isn’t harping on the workforce’s 0-1-1 begin however, slightly, in search of his gamers to compete as they did within the second and third intervals towards the Stars on Thursday.

“You may’t fear concerning the wins, you bought to fret about the best way you play,” Gallant stated. “I actually preferred the best way we performed [Thursday night]. The primary was form of a wash interval, however after that I assumed we performed very well.”

“Moving into there saying we’ve acquired to win, we go to play properly and while you play properly you often win.”


The Rangers are enjoying in Canada for the primary time for the reason that 2019-20 bubble playoffs, through which they had been swept within the qualifying spherical in three video games by the Hurricanes. After dealing with the Canadiens on Saturday, the Rangers will head to Toronto for a Monday sport.

Following these video games, the Rangers will play at Nashville earlier than returning to Canada for a matchup at Ottawa.


The Rangers recalled Greg McKegg from AHL Hartford in wake of Strome’s designation to COVID-19 protocol.

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