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from the CP at TSN,

"It's different," Daly said. "It is surreal in a lot of respects, especially coming to New York City during the day, there's not a lot of people here. There's not a lot of traffic. It's really like a scene out of a science fiction movie.

"Important issues are at stake, so everybody wants to do the right thing."

The NHL, which like most other professional leagues paused its season last week, is far down the list of priorities in this new world gripped by the novel coronavirus outbreak that's already killed thousands of people around the world.

There are, however, lots of hockey questions and not many answers in a fast-moving situation.

Daly said the league has been in near-constant communication with the NHL Players' Association, its teams, general managers and medical experts. The NHL also had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 this week when a member of the Ottawa Senators tested positive, and it's safe to assume more will follow.

"Surprisingly very busy," Daly said of how his days currently look in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. "And right now it's all coronavirus-related. I'm hoping to get to a point that I'll be able to turn my attention to some of the other things I need to get done.

"Since we hit the pause button, it's been a full-time job ... all related to coronavirus."

One unknown — and there are many — is what this all means to the NHL's bottom line.


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Video- Weird Stuff Happens In the NHL

8 minutes to watch.


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Audio/Video- Topics Of The Day With Elliotte Friedman

via Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman joins Lead Off and discusses how the NHL still wants to award a Stanley Cup this season and play a full 82 game schedule next season.


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TSN Insiders Today

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli have the latest on playoff possibilities if and when the NHL returns, the financial losses the league could be facing, the CHL drafts moving forward, and more.

Watch at TSN.

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Player Agents Keeping Busy

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The world’s new practice of social distancing can take on many forms, as Ritch Winter learned through a phone call earlier this week.

“One player I reached on the phone was driving somewhere and I said, ‘where are you headed?’ and he said ‘I don’t know, but my wife needed me to get out of the house as much as I needed to get out of the house,’” said the Edmonton-based player agent.

“I had another player ask me, ‘how can we have a season – we can’t even work out? How can we even think about proceeding without a training camp?’”

NHL player agents have long worn many hats. It’s the nature of the gig.

But some of the ones they’re wearing these days are significantly different given the unknowns the world is facing with COVID-19 and the abrupt halt it brought to pro sports.

“I would say I’m as busy as I’ve ever been,” said Allan Walsh from his home office in Los Angeles where he deals with a large clientele of Europeans.


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Scouting Could Now Be A “Crapshoot”

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Scouting is often described — inaccurately, some would suggest — as a guessing game. Well, now it’s a crapshoot.

“It’s like a puzzle. You start with the edges and fill it in as the year goes on,” said Craig Button, TSN’s chief scout. “Every time you go and watch a player, it’s just another data point. You get confirmation so you’re not worried about it anymore. You take all that information and come to a decision. It’s about gaining confidence. You can say the playoffs or the world championship is one piece of the puzzle, but it’s a significant piece.”

How significant?

In 2014, David Pastrnak fell to 25th in the draft, mostly because his draft-eligible year had been affected by injuries. He missed time significant time with a bad back. Even when he was healthy enough to play, he wasn’t the player we see today. By the time he got to the world championship, he went from being a potential top-10 pick to being a questionable first-rounder.

With no more games this season, the draft could be littered with Pastrnaks.

For the Ottawa Senators, who could own the No. 2 and No. 3 picks (acquired from the San Jose Sharks) in this year’s draft based on the current standings, it could be the difference between ending up with someone like Pastrnak or a player who years from now never should have gone in the top five.


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NHL Players Could Take A Financial Hit

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The plight of NHL players’ finances likely are not uppermost in your mind. But even though it may feel as if the world has come to a complete halt, it has not. Business grinds on even if the season does not.

In that vein, the NHL has informed the NHLPA that 2019-20 escrow would be expected to increase by four percent under a best-case scenario but surge to an additional 21 percent under the worst-case scenario that presumably would be represented by outright cancellation of the season and the playoffs, a well-placed source has told The Post.

This increase would be added to the 14-percent escrow deductions from paychecks throughout the season. In other words, the best-case scenario as presented by the league would mean that players would receive 82-percent of the face value of their contracts while the worst-case scenario would leave players with a net 65-percent of their deals.

The season is approximately 85-percent through, so the discrepancy reflects the massive amount of revenue the playoffs produce.


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We Continue To Wait

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

And now, the Great Wait.

Everything moved quickly in the hours and days after the NHL paused its season last week. Players were urged to self-quarantine and remain close to their playing city in hopes that teams could reopen training facilities. Then, with borders closing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending against gatherings of more than 50 people until May, the directive changed and everyone was permitted to scatter.

The quarantined hockey world is now hunkering down and pondering the future. There’s a lot of conversations and ideas flying around in text messages, but little clarity with the spread of the COVID-19 virus still picking up steam across the continent.

The clearest hint of where the NHL is headed came from deputy commissioner Bill Daly during an appearance on The Athletic’s “Two-Man Advantage” podcast, when he spoke of the league’s priorities in the months ahead: “The only definite for us is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year.”


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While We Are In A Pause

NEW YORK / TORONTO (March 19, 2020) – As the National Hockey League (NHL) community continues to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions during this ever-changing time, the League will continue to help fans stay connected to the League’s players and the game by providing access to unique content and archived games. Starting Friday, the NHL will serve fans with an increased offering of video, editorial and digital content on NHL.com, the NHL app and across the NHL’s social channels on TwitterFacebookInstagram and TikTok by providing  fans access to an expansive selection of classic NHL games, longform content from the NHL Original Productions’ vast library and free access to stream full replays of games from the 2019-20 regular season. 

Starting Friday and through April 30, the NHL and Sportsnet have decided to make full replays of all 2019-20 NHL regular-season games already played available to stream on demand. The games will be accessible via the scores and schedule pages of NHL.com and the NHL app and in Canada via NHL LIVE.  For additional details on accessing the games visit NHL.TV or (in Canada) NHLLive.com on Friday. 

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The Coronavirus Is Starting To Affect The Hockey World

added 11:32am,


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