With the 2019-2020 NHL season ending with the awarding of the Stanley Cup tonight, we have our first glimpse of what the next season might look like
NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr told The Associated Press the league may consider a hybrid bubble to start next season
“Nobody’s going to do that for four or six months or something,” Fehr said “(They would look like) protected environments where people would be tested, and they were clean when they came in and went. lasted a lot shorter with people going in and out on bikes is one of the things I guess we’ll be looking at «
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the hope is that there would be four to six « bubbles » in cities around the NHL with a preference for cities where fans would be allowed inside arenas – of which at least one would be Canada As the border remains closed, Seravalli noted that an all-Canadian division could be introduced to start next season
NFL games are starting to see fans in cities in Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, Tenessee and Missouri, Seravalli said, with the list growing to include North Carolina. North, Arizona and Louisiana in the coming weeks
This hybrid bubble concept would include a two-week rotation in the bubble, followed by a week at home where players can regroup with their families, then return to rotation for another two weeks before heading home.
The idea is that each team could play around 12 games per month, which is doable given that there will be no travel between games other than outbound and inbound flights.
One of the biggest sticking points on the schedule is that the NHL is likely to wrap up the 2021 season before July 22, when its U.S. television rights holder NBC returns to coverage of the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo With 12 games per month, that could allow for a shortened regular season of 48 or 60 games in four or five months
The plan would be to start the season in hybrid bubbles, then move on to teams hosting matches in their arenas and in limited-capacity cities, before approaching full capacity in time for the playoffs.
The format of the 2021 season largely depends on how the science and local health authority regulations evolve over the next few months and as the schedule changes
Seravalli also said it will require a commitment from the players to distance themselves socially and take the necessary precautions during the slack weeks
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