Brian Burke approves the proposal to extend the playoffs for this season only, but is concerned about the risks associated with a return involving 24 clubs.
“Well, this year, I say yes,” the longtime former NHL leader said on Sportsnet’s “Tim & Sid” on Thursday. He was asked how he would react if someone presented him in terms of the 24 teams. “Okay, if you look at the alternatives, the best thing is to end the regular season. Then you know the right order of arrival, you have the selection order in the repechage, all these … choices are sorted Ok. But we can’t do that. We’re not going to be able to finish the season, so what’s the next best thing? This year (it is) to expand the playoffs.
“Now I have been cynical and skeptical about our ability to play,” said Burke. “I stay like that. I think it’s too many teams. I think it will almost guarantee that we have a problem with this virus, but if they can make it happen, fantastic – this year only. My prediction is that this is going to open the door to extended playoffs in the future, which I vehemently object to. “
Burke commended the league and the players’ union for offering the format to 24 teams under these circumstances and said he hoped this would happen, but he doubts the ability to adequately test COVID-19 at a potential resumption of the season.
“(In terms of) the tests we are doing right now, there are not enough and it is not precise enough,” he said, adding, “You are going to have to test these players all days. be a regular list of players, more black aces, more coaches, more coaches, more management people. It’s 50 (people) per team without family. That’s 50 tests per team per day (and) 24 teams. It’s a big business and I hope they can make it happen. “
AJLNH Executive Board Voted Thursday Night on 24-Team Proposal, As Reported Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. The results are not expected until Friday.