Ramblings: More Return To Play Details, Sabres Situation, Comparing Jones and Werenski (June 21)

Ian Gooding

2020-06-21

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, more details emerged regarding the NHL's return to play plan:

  • Two-week training camps, with teams travelling to their hub city on July 23/24 before playing one exhibition game
  • The Stanley Cup play-in tournament starts July 30
  • Teams allowed 30 skaters plus unlimited goalies for camp, and 28 skaters plus unlimited goalies for tournament (IR players do not count against limit)
  • Hub cities expected to be selected within the next week

For more details, here's the full article:

There aren't any major surprises here, but the recent news of COVID-19 cases likely affirms that the league needs to have details in order to improve the likelihood that the playoffs get played. I wonder if delaying the hub city announcement has anything to do with the NHL tracking the recent spike in cases in particular regions such as Florida and Nevada. MLB had its sights set on Florida and Arizona to restart the season, but as of today, its US-based teams are planning to shift their spring-training camps to their home cities.

The more that the recent trends continue, the more I like a Canadian city's chances of being selected as a hub city. Here in BC, we have a population of just over 5 million, only seven new cases on Friday, and zero deaths this past week. Alberta (population 4.3 million) is a bit higher with 46 new cases but also no new deaths on Friday. Conversely, Nevada (p