Cases of COVID-19 are spiking again in the United States. This has led many in the hockey world to believe that Vegas may lose its place as one of the NHL Hub Cities giving way to both Edmonton and Toronto.

However, the real concern for the NHL will be the players themselves opting out of returning.

The fallout has begun in both Major League Baseball and the NBA. ,The list of MLB players opting out is now at four.

In the NBA seven players including DeAndre Jordan of the Brooklyn Nets have decided they will not return, either.

Recently, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals posted a message that he will not play baseball this season.

“After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances – three young children, including a newborn, and a mother at high risk – I have decided not to participate in the 2020 season,” the World Series champion wrote.

Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers issued a statement expressing his concerns recently. The Blueshirts leading scorer said, “I have concerns not only about the health of players and their families but also about the longterm prosperity of the NHL.”