The Ottawa Senators became the first NHL team with a player testing positive for COVID-19 o Tuesday night, but we still don’t know which player is the one with coronavirus.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, it was the decision of the player himself to remain anonymous.
However on Thursday, a report out of Russia leaked that defensemen Nikita Zaitsev was the one who tested positive with the virus.
KHL insider Igor Eronko mentioned that Zaitsev had a false positive test on Wednesday... we are not sure what that could mean.
It is the second time this season Zaitsev is the centre of a huge headline. Back in December, a social media post by his ex-wife accused the Senators defenseman of taking their children. It was accompanied by a video of two men carrying two children and apparently fleeing from the camera, with another man holding a woman back.
However, the blue liner denied the story, stating his kids “were safe and with his parents, at his parents’ home in Moscow, where they normally reside.”
Zaitsev, 28, was acquired by the Senators in July from the Toronto Maple Leafs and has a goal and 11 assists in 58 games this season.
He is in the third season of a seven-year contract signed with the Maple Leafs in 2017, with a $4.5 million cap hit.