Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who is unvaccinated against COVID-19, happens to have the illness right now, and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said that Bertuzzi will miss at least 10 days and at least 5 games while he’s in COVID protocols. According to TSN’s Insider Trading, the Wings don’t have to pay Bertuzzi while he’s out because he chose to decline the vaccine:
Players testing positive for COVID-19 has become an almost daily occurrence for the NHL over the last few weeks. But was there something different about the news Wednesday?
[Chris] Johnston: There was. That’s because Tyler Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings is the lone unvaccinated NHL player. And based on the rules that were written up and agreed to between the NHL and NHLPA before the season, if you’re unvaccinated and you do test positive, your team is under no obligation to pay you during that period. In the case of Tyler Bertuzzi, that would be forfeiting a little bit more than $20,000 per day in salary. He is expected to be out at least 10 days while in COVID-19 protocol. And this isn’t entirely new for him. He hasn’t been able to travel into Canada with the Red Wings this year and on those days that the Wings have been in Canada he’s been suspended without pay and not getting paid those days.
Continued; actions have consequences.