Some in the NHL are reticent about playing this summer. Others, like former great Wayne Gretzky, believe that a truncated summer NHL Playoffs could happen. Check out this week’s NHL update!
NHL Update – April 20th Edition
NHL 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs
- When: TBD
- Where: TBD
NHL Stanley Cup Odds
- Boston Bruins +450
- Vegas Golden Knights +800
- Tampa Bay Lightning +600
- Colorado Avalanche +700
- Washington Capitals +1200
- Pittsburgh Penguins +1200
- Louis Blues +900
- Dallas Stars +2000
- Philadelphia Flyers +900
- Toronto Maple Leafs +2000
- Edmonton Oilers +2000
- Nashville Predators +3000
- New York Islanders +4500
- Vancouver Canucks +3300
- Calgary Flames +3300
- New York Rangers +5000
- Arizona Coyotes +5500
- Columbus Blue Jackets +10000
- Minnesota Wild +6600
- Winnipeg Jets +5500
- Montreal Canadiens +100000
- San Jose Sharks +100000
- Buffalo Sabres +100000
- Chicago Blackhawks +25000
- Anaheim Ducks +100000
- Ottawa Senators +100000
- New Jersey Devils +100000
- A. Kings +100000
- Carolina Hurricanes +3300
NHL may resume play during the summer
The NHL paused their season 39 days ago. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world. Trends, though, suggest that the curve may be stabilizing. For some, that’s a sign that play could resume soon.
One of those is former player Wayne Gretzky. The Great One said that he believes the U.S. and Canada can “figure this out”. He also mentioned play starting up in June, July, and August. Florida Panther coach Joel Quenneville echoed Gretzky’s optimism.
Quenneville said “We’re in a situation where we would love to play, and I think that the enthusiasm we’ve seen in the last little while … hopefully that’s going to happen.”
NHL Players’ Association not sold on a summer restart
But not everyone believes play can resume this summer. NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr told ESPN that, “When and if they say — and obviously, we hope it’s sooner rather than later — that they can declare it safe under certain conditions, we’ll adhere to those guidelines.”
Play will resume when the data says that play can resume. There’s also a major sticking point. Unless Canada and the United States lifts travel bans, how can NHL players move between the two nations?
U.S. Government wants sports to return
U.S. President Donald Trump said he wants sports to return. So much so, that he put sports into Phase 1 of his plan to reopen the economy.
“Large venues (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.”
Even Dr. Fauci is on board for summer sports without fans. But since Fauci signed off on Trump’s phased plan to reopen the economy, he’s on board with Phase 1 as well.
No venue plans
The NHL did discuss playing games at Southern New Hampshire University. Although that’s a possibility, the fact remains that NHL must have at least a 45-days mini-camp. As you read in these updates, hockey is a different type of physical sport than basketball or baseball.
Without a mini-camp, it’s hard to see owners and, or, players signing off on resuming the season. Fingers-crossed, Trumps open the economy plan can happen in May.
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