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UPDATED: Karlsson, 6 Other Sharks Test Positive for COVID

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The San Jose Sharks announced that seven players have tested positive for COVID-19. The Sharks are scheduled to play the Jets at 4:30 PM today.

John Leonard, Jaycob Megna, Nicolas Meloche, Nick Merkley, and Ryan Merkley were all recalled from the San Jose Barracuda. San Jose Sharks head coach Bob Boughner will also miss tonight’s game.

The Sharks announced these players have been placed on COVID protocol.

F Andrew Cogliano
F Jonathan Dahlen
D Erik Karlsson
D Jake Middleton
F Matt Nieto
D Radim Simek
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Noah Gregor is also in protocol.

Logan Couture also won’t play, but per the Sharks, he’s under the weather and not currently in COVID protocol.

In Boughner’s place, assistant coach John MacLean will take his place. Assistant coach John Madden will also remain behind the San Jose Sharks bench with NHL development coach Mike Ricci joining in. Maclean also noted that Leonard, Megna, Meloche, and both Merkleys will play tonight. This will mark Ryan Merkley and Santeri Hatakka’s NHL debuts.

The Sharks get PCR tested every three days. They tested yesterday and San Jose received the results today.

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A little extra worrying with the tests having happened yesterday. The league really should postpone this–if I were Winnipeg, I wouldn’t want to play this game. Something interesting I read in the Atlantic last night: apparently there’s a study out there, currently being peer reviewed, that’s showing the J&J vaccine holding up really poorly, at only 3% efficacy in this study. I kind of wonder with the breakthrough cases happening more and more everywhere, how many people included had that vaccine (which apparently should be looked at more as a two-shot vaccine and not one, and then it would work… Read more »

[…] BREAKING: 5 Sharks Test Positive for COVID, Won’t Play Tonight […]

[…] Jonathan Dahlen, Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic had tested positive for COVID-19. Head coach Bob Boughner and Noah Gregor also tested […]

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