As expected, Ivan Barbashev has left the bubble in Edmonton for the birth of his first child. The St. Louis Blues forward has returned home to be with his wife, meaning he’ll have to go through several protocols when he is able to return. The Blues were in full support of the decision, with GM Doug Armstrong releasing the following statement:
We felt it was important for Ivan to be with us for the first two games of the restart and we were prepared for him leaving to go back to St. Louis to be with Ksenia. We wish them both the best and look forward to seeing Ivan back in Edmonton during the first round of the playoffs.
Barbashev will be required to quarantine in his hotel room for four days after returning to Edmonton, while also receiving four negative COVID-19 tests before returning to practice.
The Blues play Thursday and Sunday to complete their round-robin, both games that Barbashev is expected to miss.