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Video- Talking Playoffs And Hub Cities

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

David Amber is joined by NHL insiders Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston to break down what the NHL's playoff picture plus, the latest on the league's search for hub cities.

 

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Phase 2 Begins Monday, June 8th

NEW YORK (June 4, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8.

Beginning June 8 – subject to each Club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol – Clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six Players at any one time, plus a limited number of Club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.

All necessary preparations for Phase 2, including those that require Player participation (education, diagnostic testing, scheduling for medicals, etc.), can begin immediately. The NHL and the NHLPA continue to negotiate over an agreement on the resumption of play.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the final details on the NHL and NHLPA's formal agreement on Return to Play, the latest on CBA discussions, when player award voting will begin and more.

Watch at TSN.

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A Few Thoughts Today

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

A regular “31 Thoughts” wasn’t possible this week, but I did want to contribute something. Below is an extended profile of Sean Day, a look at where things stand between the NHL and NHLPA, and Anaheim GM Bob Murray’s comments from Wednesday....

- We should see by the end of this week if the NHL and NHLPA can implement Phase 2 of the NHL’s “Return to Play” protocol. It’s not mandatory for players, and I’m not sure we’ll see too many participate. Phase 3 (training camps) is mandatory, and a huge step. It won’t begin before July 10, and there’s a lot of work to do. The playoff-structure debates got the most attention, but negotiations on the protocols were even harder, I’m told.

So you can imagine the necessary grinding for something that would be mandatory, from testing on down.

However, there are plenty of rumours that the NHL and NHLPA are working hard on a CBA extension, with multiple sources indicating there is a legit attempt to get something done by the time play resumes.

The league wants long-term stability. The players want a cap on escrow, and word is that it is being considered. If the season does not resume, their hit would be 35 per cent. Even if there are games, they are looking at 27 or 28 per cent. I heard rumblings of a 20 per cent escrow cap over the next few seasons — others said they heard slightly less.

A flat salary cap of $81.5 million for a few seasons is possible, too.

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All About The NHL Playoff Format

NEW YORK (June 4, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today more details of its playoff format for the 2019-20 Return To Play Plan:

Series Lengths

The Qualifying Round will be composed of best-of-five series. All other rounds (First Round, Second Round, Conference Finals, Stanley Cup Final) will be best-of-seven series.

“Seeding” Format

In each succeeding round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the highest remaining seed in each conference will face the lowest remaining seed, the second-highest remaining seed in each conference will face the second-lowest remaining seed, etc.

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The Playoff Format

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Do You Want Summer Hockey To Be The Norm?

from James Mirtle of The Athletic,

The practical concern is that once you’ve played one season into October, how then do you get back on a September-to-June schedule? Wiping out a large section of games would work, but the NHL has strongly denied that as an option.

If the 2020-21 season begins Jan. 1 and includes a full 82 games and playoffs, the earliest it could plausibly conclude would be sometime in August. (And good luck trying to fit in anything like the Olympics, bye weeks or the All-Star break.)

If the 2021 Stanley Cup is awarded in August, the earliest the NHL could then contemplate playing the next season would be in late November, which would inch the calendar forward a month or so. Even in that scenario, there would theoretically be playoff games played into July for years.

When you factor in training camps and the preseason, getting back to the pre-pandemic schedule would be extremely difficult.

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CBA Discussions

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The Culture Of Hockey

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL, its teams and players have been speaking out against racism, and for racial justice since George Floyd, a black man, died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

William Douglas, a staff writer for NHL.com who writes The Color of Hockey blog, said on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast that he believes the statements, specifically from several prominent white NHL players, have made for a significant moment and a real chance for change in the League and society.

"You're getting players of all levels," Douglas told co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke. "Your Blake Wheelers and Alex Ovechkins joining players who have spoken out before, like J.T. Brown. To have those star players contribute their voices amplifies the issue and that helps things move forward."

Douglas said players speaking out also helps facilitate a conversation about the culture of hockey and the need for change that the NHL discussed at the Board of Governors meeting in December, when Commissioner Gary Bettman unveiled a multi-point plan for conduct aimed at promoting and fostering inclusion and diversity.

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No More Excuses For The Anaheim Ducks

from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

General manager Bob Murray made it clear Wednesday he was fed up with the Ducks’ inconsistent play, their underachieving special teams and a lack of production from the many veterans who made up the core of their lineup during the 2019-20 season.

Murray also second-guessed himself for staying out of the dressing room in an attempt to give Dallas Eakins some space in his first season as the Ducks’ coach, a move that backfired when some of their youngest and least experienced players were given too much freedom.

“Accountability in this group is going to change,” Murray said during a 40-minute conference call with reporters that featured a review of last season and a preview of the next one, whenever it might begin. “I’ve had enough of ‘Well …, well …, well … .’”

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