Ramblings: Lafreniere Not Going to WJC, Roto Rankings Risers and Fallers – Reinhart, Weber, Hoffman (Dec 4)

Ian Gooding

2020-12-04

With the NHL highly unlikely to be restarting on January 1 (in spite of Gary Bettman's recent comments suggesting otherwise), the recent report from Elliotte Friedman suggesting that four teams are exploring the possibility of outdoor games seems at least somewhat interesting. I mean, if a baseball stadium like Fenway Park doesn't work, then there are probably some good outdoor rinks in Canada or the more northern US states. Like this one:

At the moment, the focus on the 2020-21 season start seems to be on the battle between the owners and players over money. However, it's important to also keep an eye on the COVID numbers and how laws are affected. For example, in British Columbia (where I live), indoor and outdoor team sports have recently been suspended. If the virus numbers don't improve over the holidays and into January, then a team like the Canucks may be forced to make arrangements outside BC to play home games. If laws elsewhere become more restrictive, it may not matter whether the owners and players come to an agreement soon. Or in the more immediate future, whether the World Junior tournament takes place in Alberta.

Assuming that the World Juniors take place, the two most recent first overall picks won't be playing.