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Mark Howe On Finishing The Season

05/09/2020 at 9:25am EDT

from John Fordyce of NBCSports Philadelphia,

In the NHL, there have been countless scenarios discussed and a few that the league itself has even acknowledged as possibilities. Hockey Hall of Famer and former Flyers defenseman Mark Howe is now a scout for the Detroit Red Wings and said despite being a member of a front office, the future plans for the league remain cloudy at best.

“We’ve had a couple of conference calls with Steve Yzerman in Detroit, scouting related, and he filled us in on a little bit of what’s going on. What’s going on is there are plans all across the globe about what’s going to maybe happen,” Howe said this week in a video interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia hockey analyst and former Flyer Chris Therien. “I think they're trying to get everyone to stay open-minded.”

Being open-minded seems to be key with the resumption of any sports play. The reality, though, is that the likelihood of the NHL playing games in teams' home arenas with fans grows grimmer by the week. No matter how or when play resumes, there will most certainly be health and safety protocols in place. This may include no fan attendance at all, but Howe knows the league is motivated to see the 2019-20 season to the finish, regardless of the residual effect on the league going forward.

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