The NHL has taken some baby steps this week in getting a playoff format to the NHLPA to vote on and likely green light before the weekend is done. Beyond that, there are still a number of things the NHL needs to sort out, for example…
Figure out what cities they will play in
Work with the NHL Officials union on their involvement
Figure out where these players will live
Get these players to those cities
Determine a length of training camp
Hope like hell no one has a nagging cough
About a million other things mostly involving working with local, state or provincial and national governments on regulations.
Assuming all of this is sorted out in a timely manner, it still seems like it will take until the end of September to finish the playoffs.
From Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts:
My guess is we don’t see training camps before July. In addition to the playoff format, it sounds like the NHL and NHLPA are working together on adjusting the critical-dates calendar. That means contracts for players will be extended from June 30 (the normal end of each season) to whenever this year officially concludes.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation