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  • NHL can't get any, or ask for any, special dispensation to return to Canada

    Toronto Star "What, you wonder, can the NBA take away from the NHL’s big return to play plan laid out yesterday by Gary Bettman? Nothing. I know we up here tend to use one sport as a point of reference against the other and that’s so dead wrong it drives me..." May 28

  • USA Hockey president facing probe for handling of abuse allegations

    The Score "The U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating USA Hockey president Jim Smith's handling of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations against a youth coach, The Athletic's Katie Strang reports. Smith is being investigated for turning a blind eye when Tom..." May 28

  • NHL teams to have 28-man rosters, unlimited goaltenders for training camp, playoffs

    Yardbarker "As part of the 24-team format to crown a Stanley Cup champion amid the coronavirus pandemic officially announced on Tuesday by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman , clubs will be limited to 50 personnel at hub cities for round-robin seeding games, all best-of-five play-in series,..." May 28

  • League Still Not Allowing New Contracts For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When Scott Perunovich agreed to terms on two different contracts with the St. Louis Blues back in March, it led to plenty of confusion around the league. The plan was to have Perunovich sign a contract for 2019-20 if the season returned, allowing him to step right into a spot on..." May 28

  • 8 players to watch who wouldn't have made a regular postseason

    The Score "The NHL's return-to-play format certainly hasn't satisfied everybody, but the plan does have its benefits. Fans get to indulge in more playoff hockey than usual after a layoff that has felt like an eternity. The league and its owners get the chance to recoup some lost revenue...." May 28

  • Connor Hellebuyck deserves Hart consideration, Jets teammate Adam Lowry says "Connor Hellebuyck should not only be voted winner of the Vezina Trophy given to the top goalie in the NHL, he deserves consideration for the Hart Trophy voted as League MVP, Winnipeg Jets teammate Adam Lowry said Tuesday. "You look at [Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka]..." May 27

  • Gary Bettman says NHL's expanded playoffs 'a one-time thing'

    The Hockey News "Given the circumstances, there was no way the NHL was going to make everyone happy. Is a 24-team Stanley Cup tournament in the dead of summer the ideal solution here? Probably not. But when it comes to what millions of other people are enduring as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic,..." May 27

  • NHL not ruling out possibility of teams returning home for playoffs

    Yardbarker "The NHL announced its return-to-play plan this week, and that includes two hub cities hosting 24 teams in a rather interesting playoff format. While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman named 10 hub city finalists, things aren't set in stone. There's still a chance..." May 27

  • 6 deals that could be in limbo with 24-team playoff format

    The Score "With the NHL officially unveiling its plan to use a 24-team playoff format if it does return to play this season, commissioner Gary Bettman ruled the 2019-20 regular season effectively finished. A number of big trades were made this past year that included conditional draft..." May 27

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for NHL entry exemption

    TSN "In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked the federal government to exempt NHL players and personnel from the country's travel protocol to facilitate Edmonton's bid to be a hub city in the NHL's potential return to play. Kenney..." May 27

  • NHL's Bill Daly Doesn't Think 1 Positive COVID-19 Test Would End Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "As the NHL turns its attention to a return to play that would feature 24 teams playing in two hub cities in an effort to determine a Stanley Cup champion, the league does not think one positive COVID-19 test would shut down the efforts. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." May 27

  • NHL would like Canadian hub city but 14-day rule may prevent it

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league remains keen on having a Canadian city serve as a hub if and when the return-to-play plan is initiated, but he admits that might not be possible. "We would certainly like to have a (hub) city in Canada," Daly..." May 27

  • NHL's return will bring us one of sports' greatest experiences: overtime playoff hockey

    USA Today "Palms are slick with sweat and the heart rate is elevated. Breaths are sharp and hurried. Expletives are verbally hurled at the television, quite often. This is the heightened life experience otherwise known as watching playoff hockey. It's a feeling sports fans haven't..." May 27

  • An explainer for the very confusing 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, which will include two phases

    CBS Sports "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league's official return-to-play plan on Tuesday afternoon, making the NHL the first of the four major North American sports leagues to officially declare its plans to play following the coronavirus shutdown. Bettman officially closed the book on..." May 27

  • Final standings for 2019-20 NHL season, playoff schedule, NHL draft odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL seeks to hand out the 2020 Stanley Cup despite the COVID-19 pandemic, so with that, Tuesday ranks as a big day. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s return-to-play plan, which includes a 24-team playoff format involving two “hub cities.”..." May 26

  • NHL Announces Details On Return To Play Format

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today explained how exactly the 24-team return to play format will work, a proposal that was submitted to and approved by the NHLPA executive board over the weekend. First and foremost was the announcement that the 2019-20 regular season is..." May 26

  • Still A Long, Dark Tunnel To The Playoffs, But Is That A Light We See?

    The Hockey News "Tens of millions of dollars in costs to the NHL, some 30,000 COVID-19 tests and, unless the Canadian government relaxes its 14-day quarantining requirement for people entering the country, no chance of seeing any live hockey in the best league in the world north of the 49th parallel for..." May 26

  • NHLers face new normal as league prepares to ramp up toward return to play

    Sportsnet "Before NHL players are permitted to step back inside a team facility they must first have a swab inserted roughly four centimetres into their nasal cavity. Laboratory-based RT-PCR testing is used to detect any active or recent infection with COVID-19, and will be administered 48 hours..." May 26

  • 4 big questions as NHL's return-to-play plan slowly comes into focus

    The Score "Baby steps. That's what it's going to take for NHL action to return this summer. The league and the players' association moved ever so slightly in that direction Monday by announcing their intention to transition from Phase 1 (months of..." May 26

  • Full List Of 2020 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or any European country with a transfer agreement, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and become unrestricted free agents (or choose to..." May 26

  • Searching for the NHL version of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

    TSN "Like everything in Michael Jordan’s orbit, The Last Dance  – a 10-part documentary series that concluded on ESPN and Netflix last week – was iconic and memorable. If not for the fact that it was virtually the only fresh sports content available during a global pandemic,..." May 26

  • Gary Bettman will make an announcement today regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will make an exclusive announcement today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season. Watch the announcement on a special presentation of Tim & Sid, which will air on Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet 590 The Fan and..." May 26

  • The NHL’s six most interesting goalie developments of 2019-20 so far

    Sportsnet "Goalies, they say, are voodoo. It may be the most difficult position to project but it is, of course, also the most important. If you don’t have a solid netminder then the cards are stacked against you from the word go. Just ask the San Jose Sharks, who finished with the worst..." May 26

  • NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    New York Post "So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the..." May 25

  • NHL/NHLPA targeting early June for Phase 2

    TSN "The National Hockey League and NHLPA sent out the Phase 2 protocol to all teams and players late Sunday, and said they are targeting a date in early June for the transition to Phase 2. Phase 2 would include small group workouts. "Based on the current information available, we are..." May 25

  • Playoff plan is just one of many issues NHL faces in effort to return

    USA Today "In the first stride toward resuming a hockey season that has been frozen since March 12 by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL Players Association voted Friday to proceed with negotiations on a return plan with a 24-team format to conclude the 2019-20 season. That’s the good news for..." May 24

  • Length of 1st series after play-in round still up for discussion

    The Score "Conventional wisdom dictates the true Stanley Cup Playoffs feature best-of-seven series, but under these unconventional conditions, that tradition is being reconsidered. In addition to the debate over whether to reseed or use a bracketed structure following the play-in round of the..." May 24

  • Doc Emrick’s Memorial Day tribute

    Pro Hockey Talk "Memorial Day this year will be different in the U.S. The coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades and other tributes around the country. It’s also a day that has usually ended with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. " May 23

  • NHLPA Executive Board approves NHL’s proposed return to play format

    Sportsnet "The NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL’s return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play. “The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a..." May 22

  • NHLPA expected to approve NHL's return-to-play plan

    The Score "A vote by the NHLPA's executive committee is expected to result in the union's approval of the league's return-to-play proposal, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. A conference call Thursday about the proposal "got a little heated at times," and players still..." May 22

  • Doctor encourages NHLers to consider long-term health risks of COVID-19

    TSN "National Hockey League players should ensure they have a guarantee the league will cover the costs of any long-term medical issues that might arise if they contract COVID-19 before agreeing to return to play, a Toronto infectious disease specialist says. Since its..." May 22

  • How NHL 20 became a hockey 'lifeline' during the coronavirus pandemic, and what comes next

    ESPN "For a goalie who had just faced 102 shots on goal, Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils was looking curiously rested in his postgame interview. In fact, he hadn't even broken a sweat during the game. "There are games where you just have to give a lot of..." May 22

  • Patrik Laine eager to return to play, regardless of format

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets sniper Patrik Laine is excited to hopefully get back on the ice this summer and compete for the Stanley Cup, but he knows his game won't pick up where it left off. "My game is probably gonna look terrible since I haven't skated for two..." May 22

  • How Flames stack up to Jets in potential playoff series

    Sportsnet "The only time the Calgary Flames met the Winnipeg Jets this season, there were 33,000 people in the stands, holding frozen beers while snow fell on the ice. Should the NHL’s Return to Play Committee receive approval from the teams and players on a conference..." May 21

  • NHLPA Executive Board voting on proposed 24-team playoff format

    Sportsnet "The NHLPA’s Executive Board is taking a vote on the 24-team return-to-play playoff format proposal, sources tell Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The vote is ongoing and results aren’t expected until Friday. If the vote passes, there are still details to be worked out..." May 21

  • League Looking To Extend Expiring Contracts To End Of Season

    NESN "The NHL appears to be inching closer toward resuming its 2019-20 season, but some players could be left behind if action isn’t taken soon. Several players have contracts expiring June 30, which typically lands long after the season’s usual end in early June. But this..." May 21

  • 4 most intriguing play-in series under NHL's proposed format

    The Score "The NHL appears to be making progress in determining the parameters of its eventual return, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday that the league and the players' union are working toward a 24-team playoff format based on points percentage within conference..." May 21

  • Gary Bettman says NHL-NHLPA relations are best he's seen in his career

    The Hockey News "If you were hoping the NHL would anywhere near a consensus, or even an idea, on how and when to return to play, you’re probably a pretty disappointed hockey fan right now. After weeks of stops and starts, just how much work is left to do was made clear when commissioner Gary Bettman..." May 21

  • Jets' Blake Wheeler: 24-team playoffs could give bubble teams an edge

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has relocated the Dreger Cafe, brought to you by Old Spice, from the World Hockey Championship to his home to bring you the latest from some of the game's prominent personalities. In the third at-home edition of 'Dreger Cafe,' Darren goes..." May 21

  • NHL Reportedly Likely to Use 2 'Hub' Cities in Restart Plan

    Bleacher Report "The NHL is reportedly planning to use two cities as hubs for a potential 24-team tournament this summer in lieu of completing the full 82-game regular season.  According to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski, internal league discussions had previously centered on using four..." May 20

  • NHL looking to base 24-team playoffs on conference standings

    The Score "The NHL and the players' union are working on a 24-team playoff setup based on conference standings, sources told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Friedman noted that nothing is set in stone and that both teams and players must still approve it. He added that discussions on..." May 20

  • The evolving role of the modern power-play defenceman

    TSN "Last week, I spent some time looking at the power-play shot profiles for Alexander Ovechkin and Auston Matthews. One of the principal conclusions was that as players understand how best to optimize their offensive skill sets and those of their teammates, teams begin to..." May 20

  • How 16 of the NHL's Biggest Stars Are Spending Isolation

    Complex "It’s been a long couple months, hasn’t it? But back in those early days of self-isolation, little did we know just how much we’d still see of the day-to-day actions of our favourite players. Spoiler alert: hockey players get just as bored as us regular people. Without their..." May 20

  • NHL furious teams signed players to ELCs with TBD start dates

    The Score "The NHL was not happy that a handful of teams signed players to entry-level contracts with "to be determined" start dates, sources told The Athletic's Michael Russo. In a normal season, a team could sign a player to its "reserve list" on an ELC and later..." May 19

  • NHL, NHLPA hope for resolution in 7-10 days

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the NHL-NHLPA Return To Play Committee has remained in constant dialogue since Saturday, with the hope being to reach a resolution over the next seven to 10 days. LeBrun adds, however, that there are no guarantees of a resolution..." May 19

  • Bill Daly hopeful continued Canada-USA border closure won't hurt NHL's return

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly remains optimistic about the league's potential resumption despite Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement Tuesday that the border between the United States and Canada will remain closed for all non-essential travel for another..." May 19

  • Akim Aliu calls for change: 'Hockey is not for everyone'

    The Player's Tribune "ou ever fought for your life? Like, really fought for your life? In 2005, in a tiny arena in Windsor, Ontario, I fought for my life. It was the year I’d left my family home in Toronto to go play hockey in the OHL. I was just a raw 16-year-old kid..." May 19

  • NHL vs. TikTok: Players find an 'addicting' outlet during the coronavirus pause

    ESPN "Brendan Gallagher is not a cop. He just plays one on TikTok. The Montreal Canadiens winger has lip-synced a scene from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" in which actor Andy Samberg's character, detective Jake Peralta, sings The Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That..." May 19

  • 3 dark horses that could make Stanley Cup push in 24-team format

    The Score "The NHL postseason is unpredictable in a normal year. But under current circumstances, which may include a three-to-five month wait before 24 teams head into a revamped Stanley Cup Playoffs after a brief tune-up at most, there's no telling what could happen. With the league and..." May 19

  • Gary Bettman: NHL Looking at 'Probably 8 or 9' Locations to Resume Season

    Bleacher Report "As the NHL continues working out the details of its plan to restart the 2019-20 season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league is evaluating "probably eight or nine different places" to stage games.'s Nick Cotsonika shared..." May 18