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Alex Pietrangelo nearing return, expected to miss Tuesday

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Alex Pietrangelo is inching closer to a return from COVID-19 protocol, but the Vegas Golden Knights’ defenseman is not expected to play Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer said Pietrangelo has skated on his own recently and characterized him as asymptomatic the entire time he’s been in protocol.

“He’s slowly working out of protocol,” DeBoer said. “I think he’s just ready to get back. He obviously has a wife and kids, and that’s always your main concern when you get a positive result.”

DeBoer said, from his understanding, Pietrangelo will miss Tuesday’s game and will be cleared out of protocol.

Pietrangelo, who signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with the Golden Knights in October, last played Jan. 26 against the St. Louis Blues. He and three coaches — DeBoer and assistants Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill — went into protocol that Thursday, leading to three games postponed.

Probably much ado about nothing, but the latest transaction wire via CapFriendly shows the Golden Knights assigning Dylan Coghlan to the taxi squad. The 22-year-old rookie has played on the third pair with Nick Holden the past two games.

More than likely it’s a cap-saving move and there won’t be any changes to the lineup for Tuesday’s contest; the third meeting between the Ducks and Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

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Danny Webster has covered the Vegas Golden Knights since their inaugural season. A graduate from the Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV, Danny has written about the Golden Knights for NHL.com and SB Nation. He is now the lead reporter covering this young franchise for Vegas Hockey Now. Follow him on Twitter @DannyWebster21.

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