TSN Hockey insider Bob McKenzie reports NHL general managers will get details of the league’s return to play format during a conference call at 3 p.m. Tuesday. AND before the announcement of the league. McKenzie added that details of the NHL Entry Draft and the schedule and format of the lottery draw are expected to be part of Tuesday’s announcement.
Details of the NHL Entry Draft and the NHL Entry Draft Lottery schedule / format are expected to be part of today’s major NHL Revelation in the RTP format (s).
– Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 26, 2020
TSN Hockey’s insider Pierre LeBrun tweets that a return to play announcement is just the first step in a series of things that must go well for the NHL to resume its 2019-2020 season.
“There are so many obstacles to overcome, more negotiations are needed between the NHL / NHLPA on main cities, testing, protocols … the format is only the first step,” he tweeted.
Again, let me repeat, the format is just the first step. So many other obstacles to overcome, more negotiations needed between the NHL / NHLPA on the main cities, the tests, the protocols … the format is only step 1. No guarantees for the moment, the 2019-2020 season is over despite the best of intentions
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 26, 2020
The National Hockey League Players’ Association executive council approved a 24-team return to play proposal last week. An official announcement was initially to be made in the coming days.
The league released a memo on Monday announcing that it was targeting early June as the start date for phase 2 of its return to play plan, including the opening of training rinks for small voluntary group training on and off the ice.
If the phase 2 plan gets the green light, the ice sessions will be non-contact and involve up to six players, who will have to maintain a physical distance at all times. Coaches will be allowed to watch but not to participate in skates or training.
The NHL stopped its regular season on March 12, one day after the NBA stopped its season after Rudy Gobert of Utah Jazz was found to have tested positive for the coronavirus.