Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger has tested positive for COVID-19 and is entering the league’s COVID-19 protocol.
It’s the latest setback for a team that has had its games postponed at least through Feb. 8. The team has four players on the COVID-19 list, including star winger Taylor Hall.
Two other teams — the Devils and Wild — have also paused their season due to COVID-19 issues. New Jersey has a whopping 17 players on the COVID-19 list.
The last time the Sabres played was back-to-back games against the Devils on Jan. 30 and 31.
Krueger, 61, is in his second season behind the Sabres bench. Buffalo has posted a 4-4-2 mark and is currently sixth in the East Division.
Since the season began Jan. 13, 22 games have been postponed and around 90 players have appeared on the league’s COVID-19 protocol related absence list.
On Thursday, the league announced stricter arena protocols to battle spread of the virus — including removing the glass behind the benches to increase air flow.