NHL: Planning Continues, Flexibility is Key

The NHL is still putting together its plan for the 2020-2021 season and flexibility is key. On Friday, the league’s deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the @TheRink podcast that they could use one scheduling model to start the year and finish in another direction. Both the NHL and NHLPA are discussing the capacity for teamsContinue reading “NHL: Planning Continues, Flexibility is Key”

NHL: League Hoping to Hammer Out Return to Play Plan This Week

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days in which the NHL makes some sort of decision about the 2020-2021 season. According to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, deputy commissioner Bill Daly sent out a memo Tuesday that indicated the league wants to “make a recommendation” at the board of governors meeting Thursday aboutContinue reading “NHL: League Hoping to Hammer Out Return to Play Plan This Week”

NHL: League Establishes Tentative Start Date (Sort Of)

The NHL has designs on playing a full 82-game season, with a goal to begin play on or around January 1. The gulf between reality and desire may be significant, however. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated that a number of concerns still exist with respect to the coronavirus. “The goal is still to start asContinue reading “NHL: League Establishes Tentative Start Date (Sort Of)”

NHL: Testing an Issue When NHL Resumes Play

Since hockey was paused on March 12, thoughts have swirled about the possibilities of returning to play and how the sport can resume activities safely. There have been ideas, a few signings, minor swaps, and at least one rancid Instagram chat. Now, thoughts have turned to testing as parts of North America are opening upContinue reading “NHL: Testing an Issue When NHL Resumes Play”

NHL: League, Players and NHLPA Form Committee to Plot Return Course

There is movement on the “return to play” front as the NHL and NHLPA have organized a committee to address the matter. Reports emerged from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks that a group of players and league staff are part of the committee. John Tavares, Connor McDavid, Mark Scheifele, and others are among theContinue reading “NHL: League, Players and NHLPA Form Committee to Plot Return Course”