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Donald Fehr On A Few Topics

from TSN,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said numerous times that having a full 82-game season in 2020-21 is paramount. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr agrees, but like Daly, says that doesn't mean next year's start date can't be pushed back to accommodate playoff hockey this summer.

"It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t alter the dates of next year’s season a little bit in order to accommodate playing late this year going forward," Fehr said Wednesday while on The Athletic's Two-Man Advantage, hosted by Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside. "But remember, while players get paychecks over the course of the regular season, their salaries include revenue that’s earned during the postseason, so the two are not divorced."

On the podcast, Fehr discussed a wide-range of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to a possible resumption of play this season in the NHL.

Earlier this week, the NHL reached out to its 31 teams and requested available dates for possible home games in August.

With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Fehr notes there could be additional fan and broadcast opportunities that weren't there before if they can get back on the ice for August hockey.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

I don’t think the BOG is really seeing the big picture here - the concern shouldn’t about whether there’s a 2020 Playoffs (in any format) or when the 2020-2021 season starts, but whether there’s a 2020-2021 season at all. 

There’s a very real chance that there’s a second wave this fall, and if that happens, there’s no way that season plays out either.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 03/26/20 at 12:59 PM ET

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I’m afraid you might be right Dave.

Optimistic contingency planning is one thing.
But they also need to realize that this is not a short-term
or quite possibly even mid-term interruption.

Projections from infectious disease experts ive seen are that most
people will be infected at some point and while most probably won’t
mercifully get too sick, they could continue to spread it to people who are much more vulnerable.

Even the goal of trying to keep our health care infrastructure and front line workers going assumes flattening the curve and lengthening - but preventing spikes - in how long this goes on. We are nowhere near having enough tests and one negative test result obviously doesn’t mean that person won’t be inflected after that date. We need to do all we can to prop up people’s incomes and support our economy while taking seriously the danger of community spread of this infection. A lot of a symptomatic people could pass this virus and further its exponential spread to others, including very medically vulnerable people. We need a massive increase in not just tests but masks and ventilators and emergency hospital capacity. Not a rush to hold NHL games asap.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/26/20 at 03:20 PM ET

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