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Sabres head coach Don Granato returns from NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

Head coach Don Granato returned to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, taking his spot behind the bench for the club’s matinee against the Boston Bruins in TD Garden.

Granato, who entered COVID-19 protocol on Sunday, missed the last two games. Assistant Matt Ellis directed the club in Wednesday’s loss to New Jersey in KeyBank Center and Thursday’s loss to the New York Islanders in UBS Arena.

Ellis had been scheduled to do the daily pregame media briefing but Granato took the reins after getting on a flight to Boston in the morning.


Granato, 54, was asymptomatic and said he had no real symptoms. He said he actually felt more ill after he got his COVID booster shot last month than in the wake of this positive test.

“The symptoms I had the morning and day after I took the last vaccine were much more severe than I experienced through this,” Granato said. “Basically I didn’t feel much. I was a little lethargic maybe for a day and then ready to go. And so I’m pretty excited to be back and extremely excited and grateful. I feel very, very sure that the vaccination did its work for me.”



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