IT’S NOT AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT BUT IT’S SOMETHING…
Really looks like Edmonton and Toronto for hubs cities. No big issues with the safety protocol, but you know how it is, the devil is in the detail. If the NHL and NHLPA have a CBA extension, we’ll have some hockey this summer. If not, it will be difficult. That’s my understanding
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 30, 2020
It looks like safety beat out fun and Edmonton is in as the Western hub city, while Toronto has seemed to be a virtual lock this entire time. Given the situation south of the border this seems to be the safest way to ensure that all the games get played.
As for the second part of that tweet, getting the CBA situation figured out is no small task and could still leave us waiting a significant amount of time for any kind of announcement on what comes next. While the CBA talks have progressed relatively quickly, the devil is often in the details, and that is what is being figured out now.
Assuming this is what happens, this is hockey returning in the safest possible way …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation