from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,
Now you’ve got seven teams, Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Buffalo, Detroit and Ottawa at a clear disadvantage when the other 24 teams might get to play some meaningful games this summer.
So what do you do if you’re those seven teams? One idea that’s popped up is holding a mini camp of sorts in the middle of it all.
To that end, some of those seven teams, sources confirm, have already begun talking internally about what an NHL camp might look like at some point later in the summer or early fall. You get the logic. These players might need that in the middle of a 10-month hiatus.
Now of course both the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have to sign off on a camp for those teams. The league has more pressing matters right now with Return to Play but a source told me Monday that the league’s early inclination would be to allow teams to go this route if they want (as long as the NHLPA signs off on it). But again to be fair, the league isn’t even close to ruling officially on it, too many other things to figure out with Return to Play before the league can turn its attention to this idea.