Edmonton Oilers: “Zero Symptoms”

If Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett was the standard for the COVID state in terms of his team and a five-game roadtrip that was to begin in St. Louis. Louis Wednesday, the Oilers could throw their bags on the jet right now and head towards Show Me Explain they’re ready to play.

Of course, Tippett is not, and the Oilers can not. With the Omicron variant increasing and situations seemingly changing from hour to hour around the NHL and the world as a whole, the Oilers can not say with certainty whether they will be approved to face the Blues within the next 24 hours, or who who will be able to play if the game drops out.

Tippett, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan McLeod and Devin Shore have just returned from the COVID protocol and will be ready to go if there is a match on Wednesday. Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and William Lagesson will not return for that match. Striker Zack Kassian was put in isolation Sunday.

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Omicron spread so fast, also different situations and the protocols, that what I am writing at this minute may be obsolete an hour or two after this has been posted. What we do know is that there is a large spread in the impact this variant have on the infected. No better example than Tippett, who is 60, but said yesterday when the Oilers returned to the ice to skate, he was not hit hard.


October 1, 2021; Everett, Washington, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett watches the game against the Seattle Kraken in the third period at the Angel of the Winds Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“Zero symptoms,” Tippett said. “I would never have known I had COVID if I had not tested. Nothing. It was a complete surprise to me that I was tested positive. It’s worrying for everyone, but when I talked to our guys one by one , there was no one who was really sick.

“You’re trying to understand what’s going on and make sure everyone’s well, but on the other side of it, we have a lot of people sitting here who are asymptomatic. I felt like I was sitting there angry “You felt you could do a lot more, but that’s the way it is right now.”

The Oilers have had four games postponed – three against the California team and one game in Calgary today. Next game in St. Louis, New Jersey, Long Island, New York and Toronto. The status of each of these games is literally hour-to-hour. The Oilers need to cross the border first, and that’s not a small feat given the need for mandatory testing and quarantine.

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“That’s the most important factor we have,” Tippett said. “The border is a critical thing for us. Goes and comes from both sides, the tests you need to have and whether you leave people behind.

“When we talk to the doctors, we get through the next day or two here, get through the tests and see where we are with everything. Not just with us, but around the league. The boys had a lot of energy (Sunday) and are excited to come back and go, but there is a bit of a question mark about when things will start. ”

We have to see if there are more answers today.

Formerly by Robin Brownlee


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