According to a report from Washington Capitals insider Samantha Pell of the Washington Post, Caps forward Lars Eller has left the team and the NHL's secure "bubble" in Toronto to be with his wife Julie Eller for the birth of the couple's second child.
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From Pell earlier this summer:
Eller’s wife, Julie, is pregnant with the couple’s second child and is expected to give birth Aug. 8, the day the Capitals are scheduled to play the Boston Bruins in the team’s last game of the NHL’s round-robin, return-to-play tournament in Toronto. On Aug. 11, the first round of the playoffs are scheduled to begin. That’s when the stress and complications arise.
Family continues to be at the forefront of all conversations as players return to the rink, and decisions are being made with great care. Under the NHL’s protocols, players will be able to leave the hub cities and come back under certain circumstances, including the birth of a child. When they return, they will have to isolate and test negative for the virus for four consecutive days before being cleared to play.
As Pell reports, Eller will be subject to a four day quarantine away from staff and teammates before he can officially re-join his team.
“You’re going to have to take a lot of precautions for when you leave,” said Eller back in July when planning his exit. “Depending on how you travel and you travel back and forth and who you’re going to be in contact with and so on, I’ll have to serve some time inside the bubble and test a number of times before I can join my teammates again and play games. We’re working on trying to figure out how we do that the best possible way. That’s what’s going to happen.”
Here's hoping for a safe delivery for Julie and for a healthy and happy new baby. In the meantime, the Capitals have the Philadelphia Flyers on the schedule tomorrow afternoon at 4pm ET to prepare for. Beyond that he will certainly miss the team's August 9th matchup against the Boston Bruins, as well. Anything further though has yet to be scheduled.