Boston Bruins

COVID-19 is invading NHL locker rooms all around the league, and the Boston Bruins haven’t escaped it. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Craig Smith are all in the league’s protocol and have to quarantine for at least 10 days.

But according to Bruins forward Nick Foligno, Marchand was asymptomatic and feeling fine. Which is why Foligno believes part of the issue in the NHL may be excessive testing.

In his newest call with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Wednesday, Foligno made a case for scaling back the testing and leaving it up to players to get tested if they feel symptoms. Foligno feels the amount of testing is leading to an overabundance of positive tests for vaccinated, asymptomatic players, and the quarantine process for such players seems like it only causes more problems that could be avoided.

“If you’re looking hard enough to find something you’re gonna find it, and for us being vaccinated, I think guys are comfortable and if you have symptoms that’s when you get [tested],” Foligno said. “That’s kind of where I think a lot of guys feel. It’s cold & flu season. We understand what we signed up for, and we got vaccinated to protect ourselves and our families. So if we have symptoms, I think we’re mature enough to go in and [say] ‘Hey, I need a test right now,’ and find out if there’s anything going on.

“Hopefully that can just limit some of the craziness that’s gone on here for a while.”

Foligno also spoke candidly about players’ desire (or lack thereof) to go to China for the Olympics with everything going on. Listen above for the full interview.

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