Brandon Saad was the first Blues player to test positive on October 21. It therefore does not have to be tested again before the end of January. All the other Blues who subsequently made the COVID list are longer in the schedule for their next test.
In short, a player can only test positive if they are tested. The calculations therefore seem good for the Blues on this subject, at least for a while.
This means that barring another set of injuries, Berube could have all or most of his roster together for a period of time. And now that it’s (almost) all together, it certainly looks like a formidable roster, full of talent and potential.
How good can this team be?
“It’s a tough question,” Berube said. “We just have to keep working on things and improving ourselves. There is a lot of hockey to be played. Like I said before, in the spring you want to play your best hockey. It is still in front of us.
“We have a lot of good players. We have great camaraderie in our team. The team does a really good job of putting the team first – it’s a great thing for us to put the team first. I really like the chemistry of this team. But again, there is a lot of hockey to be played.
As the Blues roster improved, it was only a matter of time for Neal in terms of leaving. Unless the veteran forward is claimed on waivers, his impressive NHL career could come to an end.