SAN JOSE — It’s another one step forward, one step back type of day for the San Jose Sharks in relation to the NHL COVID-19 protocol list.

Forward Jonathan Dahlen was officially removed from the protocol on Tuesday morning, but winger Timo Meier and head trainer Ray Tufts have been added to the list that still has six Sharks players and coach Bob Boughner.

Other Sharks players still in the league’s COVID protocol are forwards Kevin Labanc and Matt Nieto and defensemen Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simek, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

The Sharks host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at SAP Center.

With Tufts out, San Jose Barracuda head athletic trainer Will Leonard will be assisting the Sharks training staff on the bench.

Meier is the Sharks’ leading scorer with 11 points in the team’s first eight games. Meier had the winning goal Saturday when the Sharks beat the Winnipeg Jets in overtime.

On Monday, winger Andrew Cogliano was removed from NHL protocol after he felt asymptomatic and tested negative on both Saturday and Sunday. But Labanc was added to the list, which contains four of the Sharks’ top six defensemen.

Dahlen had been among the first Sharks’ players on the original list of unavailable players when it came out before Saturday’s game.

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