Tomas Hertl was taken off the NHL’s COVID Protocol list this afternoon.
This paves the way for Hertl to return on Mar. 12 at Anaheim.
Yesterday, Hertl underwent an NHL-mandated cardiac screening for COVID-positive players. Per the league’s COVID Protocol, “All Players must be cleared as ‘fit to play’ by a cardiologist and team physician before returning to game activity.”
Hertl is testing today, believe it's the NHL-mandated cardiac screening to evaluate whether or not he's fully fit after his bout with COVID-19. They'll know results today, if Hertl passes, he should be in the line-up shortly. Boughner says Hertl is doing well
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) March 8, 2021
It was a good sign when Boughner, during last night’s post-game press conference, shared that Hertl would be hitting the ice today, an off-day. This suggests that Hertl passed his cardiac screening with flying colors and the San Jose Sharks were now evaluating his readiness to re-join practice.
It’ll be all smiles if Hertl can accompany the San Jose Sharks on their upcoming road trip, along with Timo Meier, who’s missed the last two games with a lower-body injury.
“Timo’s getting closer, so hopefully in Anaheim, we’ll have something that looks like a full squad,” Boughner said.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Next step is Hertl being a full participant at practice tomorrow.
Marcus Sorensen is the lone San Jose Sharks player currently on the league’s COVID Protocol list.
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