The Detroit Red Wings took a win over the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday after closing the deal in the shootout. After the game, head coach Jeff Blashill noted that Tyler Bertuzzi will have to spend the next ten days in COVID-19 protocols outside the team.
This comes after the Detroit Red Wings forward was a late scratch due to pre-match protocols. Because Bertuzzi is not vaccinated, he is subject to different protocols than those who have been vaccinated, hence the ten day period he will now spend in the protocols.
While I’m not here to argue whether Bertuzzi is right or wrong for getting the vaccine, he made his decision not to get the vaccine, and that’s why he’s stuck on the ice for the next ten years. to dawn. It sucks.
The loss of one of the team’s top producing forwards, who is already missing games because of their regulations unable to travel to Canada, must be frustrating for the Red Wings organization. Especially when things seem to be going so well with this team.
The Detroit Red Wings will be without Tyler Bertuzzi for the next five games.
For those who really want to dive deeper into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, check it out here. To sum things up, since Bertuzzi is not vaccinated, he will have to stay on protocol for a while before returning as he will not be able to just test it out like those who have been vaccinated.
That means Bertuzzi will now miss the Red Wings for the next five games and will be absent from the team’s lineup, leaving a gap on the top line. So far, Bertuzzi has played 20 games in 2021-22, scoring nine goals and nine assists for a total of 18 points.
He is one of the top performers on the team and is at the top alongside Dylan Larkin. This probably means it could be an opportunity for players like Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri and Filip Zadina to step up and try to give some offense.
This also means Joe Veleno could earn another call-up to join the team while Bertuzzi is absent from the lineup. It’s a real possibility, one to be welcomed. While it’s certainly not great to miss Bertuzzi for five games, the idea of Veleno cracking the lineup again is great.