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Doubt Setting In?

from Michael Russo and James Mirtle of The Athletic,

One prominent Western Conference player said Friday that the positive tests were further confirmation that the league was moving too fast with its timeline.

“This just makes no sense to me,” the veteran player said. “Right from the return-to-play format announcement and this Phase 2 thing that none of us have to be in, they’ve put the cart before the horse. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, and they’re shocked there’s an outbreak? And it’s a long ways off to July 10, so you can’t tell me more and more guys won’t be testing positive as more and more guys start to get back to town.

“Guys are not happy. This is why we better have a full player vote and not just an executive board vote. But I’m not convinced (NHLPA executive director) Don (Fehr) is going to allow that because he knows there’s so many of us on the fence. That’s why I think the league was trying to be hush-hush on these positive tests.

“In my opinion, no way we play.”

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The Delayed Puck & Player Tracking System

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The league’s long-anticipated rollout of its Puck & Player Tracking System, announced with considerable fanfare during All-Star Weekend in January 2019, will not come with the resumption of play this summer. At least not at the start.

So yet another coronavirus-related fly in the ointment. P&PTS was to be in full flight for the postseason.

Per the league office in New York, shuttered rinks across the Original 31 since early March meant the critical installation work of the system’s data infrastructure was interrupted. It had been completed in 26 arenas.

Another issue: the on-site staffing required to run all the bells and whistles. The league and union have been adamant about limiting the number of bodies inside each of the two hub arenas, which will play host initially to 12 teams at each site. Fewer gadgets, fewer personnel, fewer potential contact issues.

It’s possible, according to a league spokesperson, that the system will be integrated and operational as the postseason evolves. No doubt everyone involved, especially fans eager to see how the system might interface with legalized betting, would like to see it used for the Stanley Cup Final, currently and tentatively scheduled to begin approximately Oct. 1 (all dates flexible).

more topics, including what's going on in Buffalo...

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Report- You’ve Been Waiting For These Dates

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Video- The Calls Of Chris Cuthbert

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

With Chris Cuthbert returning to Hockey Night In Canada, we decided to count down his greatest play by play calls of all-time.


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Morning Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

...if we’re going to continue trotting out Uncle Sam to throw out the first pitch or drop the puck, then let’s take some time now to create a song that works for all of us. One that’s relevant in 2020. One that plays to the better angels of our nature. One that is versed in inclusion, hope, trust, and equality for all. The e pluribus unum of anthems.

Obviously, not an easy one to write. But when have we had a better opportunity to hit pause and fix a song that just isn’t working for all of us?

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the National Anthem debate.

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11 NHL Players Have Tested Positive Under Phase 2

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Bob McKenzie On Covid-19 And The Tampa Bay Lightning

Bob McKenzie joins Gino Reda to discuss the Lightning shutting down their training facility because of positive COVID-19 tests and if the cases around the league continue to grow, how that could affect the NHL's Return to Play plan.

Watch at TSN.

added 6/20/20, or watch it below...

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Report- Auston Matthews Tested Positive For Covid

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, two National Hockey League sources outside Toronto have confirmed to the Toronto Sun.

Matthews, 22, has apparently gone into quarantine at his home in Arizona, hoping to be healthy enough and eligible to travel to Toronto and participate in the opening of Leafs camp on July 10.


added 7:02pm,


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A Pause In The Plan

added 1:09pm,


added 4:04pm, Lightining statement below.

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Afternoon Line- Matthew Barnaby

If you’re micromanaging every piece of the puzzle, you’re doomed for failure. And the Buffalo Sabres are doomed for failure because in no which way should Kim Pegula or Terry Pegula have any say in the players they are bringing in. Stick to the business model you have. Stick to building stuff around the arena. That’s what you do best, not telling who’s the best 204th player in free agency or what defenseman you should sign. You just don’t know that. You don’t know that. Just like I don’t know how to build the Harborcenter or 716. You don’t know hockey. You’ve done a great job of fracking oil. But hockey, nope, not happening.

-Matthew Barnaby, former player for the Buffalo Sabres.  Josh Barnett of the Buffalo News has much more from Barnaby.

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