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Evening Line- Donald Fehr

“Assuming the Olympics go forward in the ordinary course, you can always envision scenarios in which something would happen that would change the equation," Fehr said, as reported by ESPN.

“But I don't see it. I expect that players will be there, and it will be a dramatic return to the international stage for us.”

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Neil Shefferd of inside the games has more.

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Donald Fehr Cautiously Looking Ahead

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As Donald Fehr looks towards the new calendar year and all the promise of hope that it brings, the head of the National Hockey League Players’ Association is optimistic about what lies ahead.

Fehr believes that the shortened regular season will begin as planned on Jan. 13. He is confident that, with the global administration of a vaccine for COVID-19, more and more fans will be allowed into hockey arenas by the time the NHL playoffs start in the spring. And he expects that whatever is waiting around the corner — whether it’s a rash of positive cases or provincial closures or something even worse — that the league and the players will be able to adapt and roll with the punches.

At the same time, he’s also not leaving anything to chance.

“I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed, as we all are,” Fehr said in a phone interview with Postmedia. “Stay out of harm’s way. Don’t do anything stupid just because things are starting to look better. But we’ve been through so much, it’s time for some good luck.”...

As much as the NHL would like to point to the success of the playoffs as proof that the league can begin the regular season in the middle of a pandemic, what the league has planned is not exactly bubble hockey.

There won’t be any hub cities this time around. Teams will be traveling across state and provincial lines, entering areas that have varying degrees of COVID-19. And they will be doing it for more than just a couple of months.

It seems inevitable that players are going to contract the virus and that some games will probably get postponed. But with the vaccine now available, it also seems inevitable that the cases within Canada and the U.S. will soon start to decrease.

Then again, it might not happen as quickly as everyone wants it to.

What if things don’t get better right away? What if they get worse? What if the players, who will be sharing buildings with the NBA, start contracting the coronavirus at levels that force the league into not only postponing games but also re-evaluating its plan on playing out the season?

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Video- Donald Fehr Confident There Will Be Hockey Played In Canada

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr explains how the players and the NHL are confident as they work together, along with Provincial governments to allow hockey teams to safely play games in Canada.

 

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NHL Medical Protocols And Transition Rules

ORONTO / NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today applicable medical protocolstransition rules for the 2020-21 season, which include information relating to critical dates and the formal approval of a change to NHL Rule 83 (Off-side).

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Statement From Don Fehr

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The NHL Regular Season Begins On January 13, 2021

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 20, 2020) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) announced today an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and concluding on May 8. As part of the agreement, the Stanley Cup Playoffs would feature 16 teams in the traditional best-of-seven, four-round format and conclude around mid-July with the plan of returning to a “normal” hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season (regular season beginning in October). The NHL and NHLPA will release the Health and Safety Protocols, transition rules and critical dates calendar as well as the 2020-21 schedule in the coming days.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHLPA and the NHL intend to be flexible and adaptable in their approach during the coming weeks to ensure compliance with directives from both local and national governmental and health authorities focusing on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play. The priority will continue to be focused on the health and safety of our fans and Players and Club, League, NHLPA and arena personnel.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

 

added 7:55pm, and 7:59pm... and 8:03pm,

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The NHL And NHLPA Continue To Talk

 

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TSN Insiders Tonight - 2 Parts

The NHL is now targeting January 13th as the start date for next season, but, despite progress being made, there remains a ton of work to be done before the puck can be dropped. The TSN Hockey Insiders join Gino Reda to discuss the hurdles that still need to be cleared for hockey to return in just over a month.

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Canada isn't the only team dealing with COVID-19 complications heading into the Edmonton bubble for the World Juniors, as Sweden, Germany and Switzerland have also sent players home due to the virus. The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the impact the pandemic is having on the tournament, and weigh in on the management group options for Team Canada and USA at the 2022 Olympics.

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Decals And Playoff Format

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The NHL is investigating selling ads on players’ helmets. It was brought up on Wednesday’s Board of Governors call; there won’t be any formal comment until team presidents are briefed on Monday.

It’s an interesting move.

Across the league, there’s an understanding of the need for more creativity in revenue development. Ads on jerseys will come eventually, but there is a desire to be careful with it. The other reason the league may “test drive” with helmets is to get an idea of where the market stands during COVID. You don’t want to rush into a below-market deal.

- The expectation is that the top four teams in each division will make the playoffs. Personal thought: would it make sense, for this year only, to choose the Stanley Cup semifinal matchups based on travel distance? There’s some precedent. When the NHL re-aligned to the current divisions, it considered re-seeding the final four. That didn’t happen, partially because of an East Coast/West Coast semifinal. Teams didn’t want that travel until the last round.

We might get it anyway if three eastern time zone teams win, but it adds another level of flexibility to prevent it.

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