The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cast a dark shadow over the NHL season.
The Boston Bruins are the latest group to feel the effects of the virus, as the team announced on Tuesday that head coach Bruce Cassidy has been placed in COVID-19 protocol.
Cassidy marks the third NHL player or staff member to be placed in protocols today, with Edmonton's Cody Ceci and St. Louis' Tyler Bozak also entering protocols earlier this morning. With the New York Islanders currently on pause due to an outbreak of cases within their own team that caused their most recent two games to be postponed, the NHL is facing a COVID crisis that has been bubbling under the surface all year.
It's important to note, as well, that the league does have the ability to opt out of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, should this situation escalate even further and the schedule becomes more condensed. The NHL has until January 10th to decide whether or not they will participate.
If teams continue to get hammered, the odds of them going shrink by the day.