A Toronto Maple Leafs trio have landed in NHL COVID-19 protocols.
Justin Holl, Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie have all reached protocols, the club announced on Friday.
Holl, 29, has played in 29 games this year, scoring one goal and three points, while Kase, who was on the Leafs’ first line, has eight goals and 17 points in 30 games.
Ritchie, meanwhile, was waived by the Leafs last week but went unclaimed. He appeared in 33 games scoring two goals and nine points.
As our own Frank Seravalli noted, a total of 426 players have entered COVID-19 protocols since the Omicron variant took hold league-wide.
For the Leafs, COVID-19 has pretty much fully run its course on the team. David Alter of The Hockey News noted on Twitter Friday that Michael Bunting and Auston Matthews — two-thirds of their top line — are the only players who haven’t contracted the virus in the past month.
The Leafs are scheduled to play a road game in St. Louis on Saturday night, but won’t play again until next Wednesday, due to the postponement of Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
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