New York Rangers have no timeline for when Kaapo Kakko will return to team

Frank Curto
Mar 10, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) in action during the game between the Rangers and the Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers F Kaapo Kakko was still on the NHL’s Covid Protocol list as of Monday night with no return announced for the 20-year-old.

Lost in the surprising news that Artemi Panarin would be taking a leave of absence from the team was a short but alarming statement by head coach David Quinn after Monday’s practice.

Quinn gave an update on Kakko, which was tweeted by Vince Mercogliano, which added more speculation than resolve to when the second-year player could play again,

“He’s doing fine. I wish I could give you a better answer, but I’m not sure when he’s going to be able to come back.”

A player placed on this list doesn’t necessarily mean he has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The NHL and NHLPA agreed to five different criteria’s for a player to be added to the list;

  1. An initial positive test that remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol.
  2. Mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol.
  3. Required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol.
  4. Isolation based on a confirmed positive test result.
  5. Quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.

No additional detail will be provided either by the League or the Club, including the precise reason the Player is unavailable or how long he might be out.

For Kakko, the virus could have moe complications as he has been diagnosed with both Type 1 Diabetes and celiac disease.

Kakko joins Philip Chytil, Jacob Trouba and Artemi Panarin who will all be out out of the lineup when the Rangers play the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.