By: Andrew Johnson | Follow me on Twitter @Justyouknowhyyy
Per Boston’s NHL beat writer Amalie Benjamin, Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. With the positive test, the Bruins made a corresponding move, recalling Jeremy Swayman from Providence, the latest in a string of what could charitably be described as a series of unfortunate events for the team.
There is still hope that Halak’s test is a false positive, a relatively common occurrence this season. However, the assumption of such a thing is never a good idea. With the trade deadline just seven days away, this latest setback creates even more tense moments as April 12th draws closer. With Halak’s positive test, Tuukka Rask’s nagging injury, and the tandem of Daniel Vladar and Jeremy Swayman being inexperienced with just 3 NHL games between them, with all of them belonging to Daniel Vladar, the question on the ice now is: do the Bruins prioritize goaltending over their myriad other issues? Or is this a situation where the Bruins have to hold tight until more is known?
Rask has started practicing with the team, taking shots in a pre-practice skate before today’s game with the Philidelphia Flyers. Still, with the nature of his injury having been shrouded in uncertainty for over a month now, the Bruins may be tempted to make some sort of panic move to shore up for the stretch.
Off the ice, in this case, is far more important. Let us hope that this is just a false positive for Halak for the sake of his health and well-being.