Todd Reirden spoke to reporters in a Zoom video conference after Monday’s optional practice. During which, we learned that it might not be easy for Lars Eller to immediately step back into the lineup for Game One of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.
Eller, who left the bubble for the birth of his second child, Alexander, returned to Toronto’s Hotel X on Saturday.
Per Todd Reirden, Lars Eller is not allowed to leave his hotel room until his quarantine is over so he hasn't been doing any exercise except what he can do inside there.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) August 10, 2020
The Capitals’ third-line center is currently quarantining away from his teammates in the hotel and must test negative for COVID-19 four-straight times before he can return to the team. Eller is under the supervision of NHL officials.
While Eller is unable to work out with the team, he can exercise inside his hotel room. The Tiger showed off some of the goodies he has which includes free weights, a jump rope, a hockey stick, and weighted balls.
There’s good shape and there’s game shape and it appears that seven days away from the rink may keep Eller from making his series debut until later.
Headline photo courtesy of @larsellerofficial
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.