The NHL is beginning a leaguewide shutdown Wednesday amid a rise in positive COVID-19 test results among players, and with 10 of the league's 32 teams' schedules already paused and their facilities closed.
Starting netminder Jeremy Swayman, forward Anton Blidh and forward Trent Frederic were placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Thursday morning. The trio joins Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Craig Smith who were placed in protocol earlier this week.
Swayman made it impossible for Bruce Cassidy to go a different route. The 22-year-old's preseason play was up to the same lofty standards Swayman has displayed throughout his brief professional career.