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Wings Related Topics Face The Unknown At This Point

03/15/2020 at 4:44pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

NHL Draft
For Red Wings fans, the June 26-27 NHL Draft in Montreal has been an anticipated event. The Wings have already clinched the worst record, and with that they'll have an 18.5 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft lottery....

With details to be determined, you would still assume the Wings would still be guaranteed a top-four draft pick, given that’s the rules currently for the 31st team in the league.

There’s also the question of holding the draft itself in Montreal. Again, you have hundreds of prospects and their families – including many from Europe – who will travel to the draft.

Will the league feel entirely safe at that point to have so many people gather in one setting?

Much will depend, obviously, on where the threat is. But when the lockout ended in 2005, the NHL simply held a scaled-down version of the draft in Ottawa with only a fraction of the draft picks and their families, and team personnel, attending.

Free agency
Unrestricted free agency is scheduled to begin July 1, but will it?

If the regular season and playoffs are pushed back, that would force the NHL to do the same with free agency. But how will the salary cap be affected by the potential loss of revenue if games are cancelled?


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