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MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 16: Goaltender Carter Hart #79 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates during overtime against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on December 16, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The Flyers wrapped up their west coast trip with a disappointing showing. Losing to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 Tuesday night. But it was the action after the game that has caught a lot of attention. The NHL recently changed its Covid protocols to follow the CDC guidelines from 10 days to 5 days. But that didnt do much to help the Flyers who were a makeshift crew on Tuesday night. They were without captain Claude Giroux, and Ivan Provorov and were also without key pieces like Sean Couturier and Ryan Ellis who are out with injuries.

But it was a member of the team who recently got off the Covid list who spoke up. Goaltender Carter Hart addressed the media after the loss and spoke against the NHL’s Covid policy.

“Guys are testing positive with no symptoms or mild symptoms. I mean, the league’s got to find a way to change that. We’re either going to keep playing shorthanded all season long or games are going to keep getting postponed. I think it’s a joke. It’s got to change.”

Hart was asymptomatic. As was Scott Laughton who also missed time on the road trip after he was placed in the Covid protocols. But the Flyers aren’t the only team that is dealing with this issue. Players continue to test positive but appear to have no symptoms. They can obviously pass it on to a player, and THAT player could experience symptoms & pass it to a family member or loved one. Its a tricky situation but its also understandable from the athletes standpoint to know you could be contributing and you are told you cant play.

The NHL has postponed games because of Covid, but after about January 16th the NHL cant keep postponing games. Teams will have to play with a skeleton crew. The Flyers will take on the Penguins at home this Thursday in a game that could be heard