New Jersey Devils veteran goalkeeper Cory Schneider said Monday that an increasing number of players are concerned that the NHL will announce a cut-off date as the coronavirus pandemic persists with summer approaching not.
Schneider, 34, said some Devils are worried because the NHL said it would take three weeks of training before allowing games. It would take any reboot in June.
“I think it’s everyone’s concern right now,” said Schneider, the union’s union representative. “Many guys ask if there is a deadline? When is it just too late for you to get a semblance of a season or playoffs. “
A late restart may cause a delay in the start of the 2020-2021 calendar. Schneider said it would not make sense to restart the season if the hiatus continues into June and July. The Stanley Cup is usually awarded from early to mid-June.
The NHL suspended the season on March 12. League spokesman John Dellapina said last week that officials are not publicly discussing any deadline.
“We are following the advice of medical experts and government officials as to when we can open the club facilities,” he said.
The NBA, which ended its season just before the NHL, paved the way for the opening of team training facilities for individual voluntary training starting May 8. The NFL allows teams to open their club headquarters to a limited number of people starting Tuesday. The two leagues demanded state approval for such moves.
The Devils are 28-29-12 and 68 points last in the metropolitan division. Schneider said he wanted to play but was afraid of coming back for six or seven meaningless games. Players should isolate themselves while increasing their risk of infection and injury.
“Is it worth it that we spend five or six weeks doing something that ultimately doesn’t matter? Asked Schneider. “Personally, I would at least go out and find that feeling. Nine or ten months is a long time not to have played a game and not really put it in that direction. I hope we have a chance to come back and play. “