With the vaccine rollout slow and no signs of the border opening up in the near future, the NHL is planning where to play the Canadian team that advances to the third round of the playoffs according to Pierre LeBrun. If it’s the Leafs, they could play their games in Buffalo.
“One idea being floated is whether the Leafs relocate just across the border to Buffalo.”@PierreVLeBrun on Toronto overtaking KeyBank Center for the playoffs. https://t.co/nO33TyCvvM
— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) March 5, 2021
Apart from how hilarious this would be, it makes a ton of sense. Buffalo is the closest city to Toronto and there is an established fan base in the area already. The Blue Jays already had spent nearly the entire the 2020 season in the city so it makes sense for another Toronto residence to take up the KeyBank Arena if necessary.
Of course, this is entingent on the Canadian government loosing their regulations on the mandatory 14 day quarantine that has made trades between Canadian and American teams difficult to execute. Due to aforementioned lack of clarity on if and when the border will be open, having a Canadian team play between two to eight playoff …
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation