Minnesota Wild G Devan Dubnyk: ‘A long way to go’ after returning from the NHL

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While the NHL Players’ Association approved new negotiations with the NHL on the format proposed to 24 teams to award the Stanley Cup in 2020 last week, Devan Dubnyk points out that many questions remain before the league can trace its return.

Dubnyk, who represents the Minnesota Wild on the executive council of the NHL Players’ Association, told The Athletic on Monday that the two sides “still have a long way to go.”

“We voted strictly on the format,” said Dubnyk. “In other words,” If we have to come back, that’s how it’s going to be played. “But we haven’t even touched on logistics or cities or travel or testing or how the economy will work or what this quarantine bubble [the players are] supposed to live will be like or anything yet.

“Nothing else has yet been voted …”

The NHLPA said Friday after the executive council’s successful vote that several details “remain to be negotiated” and that an agreement on the format would be “still subject to the agreement of the parties on all matters relating to the resumption of play”.

Dubnyk added that many details remain in question, such as whether the league will use one or more center cities, what the restrictions will be for players in this scenario and how many tests will be required.



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