Interesting news from the Penguins’ last opponent, as the NHL fines the Washington Capitals $100,000 and has added four players to the “COVID protocol related absence” list. The four players added to the list are all very high profile: Here is the Capitals statement on the matter: As Japers Rink details: The statement does build on existing reporting. Mainly, it appears that Ovechkin, Orlov, Kuznetsov, and Samsonov were all outside of team approved areas at some point (presumably without masks).
Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov are the other COVID protocol-related absences for the Capitals.
In the 16 years since the salary cap has been a reality in the NHL, it never has been this much of a challenge to maneuver. The defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning set a roster that, when injury allowances are factored in, is just $334 from the cap ceiling. It's a similar situation for the St. Louis Blues, who are within $300,000 of the cap with hopes of adding Vladimir Tarasenko when he's ready to return from another shoulder operation.