The Predators have added Sbisa (COVID-19) to their active roster. Sbisa was unavailable for Nashville's season opener Thursday due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, but he'll be an option for Saturday's rematch with the Blue Jackets, although it wouldn't be surprising to see him serve as a healthy scratch. The 30-year-old blueliner, who the Predators claimed off waivers Tuesday, picked up 10 points in 44 games with the Jets last campaign.
Sbisa is unavailable due to the league's COVID-19 protocols. The specifics of his placement remain unclear, but Sbisa will not be able to practice or travel with the team until he's been cleared. This news likely rules the Swiss-born player out of Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets, and there's no specific timeline for his return.
Sbisa was claimed off waivers by the Predators from the Jets on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports. Sbisa will be playing for his fifth franchise in as many seasons with his move to Nashville. Considering he will have to cross the border, there is no guarantee the 30-year-old blueliner will be available for Opening Night against the Flames on Thursday. Even if he does arrive in time, Sbisa may be hard-pressed to force his way into the lineup over Mark Borowiecki or Matt Benning but should serve as a capable emergency option in the case of injury.
Sbisa was placed on waivers by Winnipeg on Monday, Rick Ralph of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports. The fact that Sbisa was waived Monday likely clears the way for Tucker Poolman to take on a more prominent role this season. Given his veteran experience, the 30-year-old Sbisa will almost certainly be placed on the taxi squad which will allow him to continue practicing with the Jets during the season.
Sbisa signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Jets on Friday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Sbisa suited up in 44 games with the Jets last season, scoring a pair of goals and 10 points. The 30-year-old blueliner was dealing with an upper-body injury before the league's shutdown, but he was a healthy scratch for all four of Winnipeg's postseason games.
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