Don Granato briefly coached from a suite last season. ©2021, Micheline Veluvolu

Sabres coach Don Granato, two players enter NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato and forwards Dylan Cozens and Mark Jankowski this afternoon entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Right now, all three are asymptomatic, according to the team.

The Sabres now have one coach and five players in protocol. Wingers Zemgus Girgensons, Vinnie Hinostroza and Jeff Skinner were added last week.

The team this afternoon canceled a practice scheduled for 3 p.m.

Following a four-day Christmas/COVID-19 break, NHL teams can reconvene today for testing, practice and travel.

When Granato, 54, was an assistant last season, he briefly coached from a suite after the team’s COVID-19 pause ended. Granato was hospitalized with severe pneumonia in 2019. He also battled cancer earlier in his career.

Meanwhile, Cozens, 20, also tested positive for COVID last season, when the Sabres had as many as nine players in protocol.

General manager Kevyn Adams has said all of the Sabres’ players and staff are vaccinated.

The Sabres’ last four games, including Monday’s at home against the New York Islanders, have been postponed. They haven’t played since Dec. 17.

Their next scheduled game is Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center. But given the their current situation, that contest could be postponed.

The NHL on Friday pushed back its resumption of play one day to Tuesday so it could analyze testing data and determine teams’ readiness to compete coming out the break.

Following a four-day Christmas/COVID-19 break, NHL teams can reconvene today for testing, practice and travel.

When Granato, 54, was an assistant last season, he briefly coached from a suite after the team’s COVID-19 pause ended. Granato was hospitalized with severe pneumonia in 2019. He also battled cancer earlier in his career.

Meanwhile, Cozens, 20, also tested positive for COVID last season, when the Sabres had as many as nine players in protocol.

General manager Kevyn Adams has said all of the Sabres’ players and staff are vaccinated.

The Sabres’ last four games, including Monday’s at home against the New York Islanders, have been postponed. They haven’t played since Dec. 17 or practiced since last Sunday.

Their next scheduled game is Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center. But given the their current situation, that contest could be postponed.

The NHL on Friday pushed back its resumption of play one day to Tuesday so it could analyze testing data and determine teams’ readiness to compete coming out the break.

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