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Positive Steps

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Let us not lose sight of what brought us here.

It was the spread of a deadly virus that forced the NHL to turn to Toronto and Edmonton in an effort to salvage its season.

So while there’s some symmetry, and perhaps a cute headline, to be found in two Canadian hockey cities being identified as likely Stanley Cup Playoff hubs on Canada Day, there’s nothing cute about the circumstances.

There will be no fans at any games played on Canadian soil because of the coronavirus pandemic. Aside from local travel and tourism industries, the real winners from rumblings Wednesday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association were making progress on a return-to-play package were those that see intrinsic value in being able to watch a Stanley Cup tournament during this challenging period in our history.

Now, let’s take a pause for a necessary disclaimer — no deal is done until it’s completely done. And negotiations were still ongoing as of late Wednesday morning. That can’t be stressed enough.


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tkfergy's avatar

Pretty sure this is just a ploy to get the Stanley cup award in Canada

Posted by tkfergy on 07/01/20 at 02:48 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

So much for Canada keeping their citizens safe.  I guess the border is only closed to those without the necessary amount of money.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/01/20 at 03:39 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

The only things they need is a decent newer rink that can keep the ice in great shape in the heat and hotels for the players. Traverse City where the wings hold camp is a good example as the area has few cases.

Don’t tell anyone where the rinks are so infected fans don’t show up and televise the games. Pretty simple. NHL is making it difficult.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/01/20 at 04:25 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/01/20 at 03:39 PM ET

Very Very true and Toronto (Puke) was always going to be a Hub, don’t worry about Toronto being the 2nd worst infected city in Canada.  But they are opening things in Phases, a Toronto thing.  Hope no one gets a bad infection because of NHLs Greed!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/02/20 at 01:16 AM ET


But they are opening things in Phases, a Toronto thing

The States are doing the same thing too

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 07/02/20 at 02:44 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Each Province had a pandemic plan, some worked very well.  Ontario nd Quebec are still in deep trouble.  I saw a map of the United States and some are are doing well and some not so well.

Ontario is opening in Phases because the businesses can’t financially stay closed. A lot have closed for good.

Just do what you think is right.  The virus is far from over, scary stuff. Will it ever completely be snuffed out?

I hope the NHL is careful but that might not be enough.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/02/20 at 06:59 PM ET

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