NHL discusses restart with 24 teams in two main cities


After talks over the weekend, a concept of two concentrated cities with 12 teams in each city was discussed and remains one of the possibilities if the NHL is able to resume its 2019-2020 season according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Each option, including the location, the number of teams returning to the game, or whether the game returns or not, remains to be determined.

TSN Hockey insider Bob McKenzie reports that nothing has been confirmed yet, but that two central cities instead of four are generating buzz in team discussions. McKenzie gives the example of Las Vegas, where an entire hotel / complex could be dedicated to the NHL with easy access to the T-Mobile Arena.

Ryan Rishaug of TSN reports that the Oilers estimate they could manage up to a dozen teams in Edmonton if necessary.

The NHL board of governors has a call on Monday, adds Dreger. TSN Hockey’s insider Pierre LeBrun reported over the weekend that the teleconference is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. AND.

LeBrun also reported that the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association had been pulling over the weekend, which involved a 24-team playoff format expected to resume play this summer.

“Again, difficult to handicap at this stage if a format is agreed this week or not, but definitive progress. A reminder that the NHL has a board of governors call Monday at 3:00 p.m. ET; and that the league can announce its decision on the project this week, “tweeted LeBrun.

LeBrun wrote in The Athletic later Sunday that the 24-team format would involve games in some way in advance and would not jump straight into the playoffs. He adds that not all NHL players are on board to play this season, but anecdotal evidence suggests that more players than these 24 potential teams are on board with some sort of recovery.

The league has explored a variety of scenarios for what the rest of the season might look like if play resumes this summer, with 20 and 16 team playoff formats also under discussion.

The NHL ended its season on March 12, one day after Rudy Gobert of the NBA tested positive for COVID-19 and set off a domino effect that has seen most professional sports closed in North America and around the world. the rest of the world.


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