According to a report from ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, the NHL and its players are closing in on a new CBA deal.
Four more in the Phillies organization tested positive for COVID-19, the Phillies announced on Tuesday.
Following the news of 11 positive tests for COVID-19 during Phase 2, a crucial week is ahead for the NHL in their efforts to return to play. This week could feature important updates on players testing positive and the selection of hub cities.
Host Kyle Collington and panelist Kevin Durso talk about the latest around the NHL, the upcoming draft lottery, the recent news about the Buffalo Sabres, 90s NHL jerseys, the possibility of creating a bubble within the hub cities and what life in the bubble would be like.
Among the players that are participating at Voorhees are Sean Couturier, Joel Farabee, Ivan Provorov, Mark Friedman and Sam Morin. For these players in particular, there is certainly an adjustment to trying to prepare for a stretch run and playoffs, especially with a lot of unknowns still out there.
Phase 3 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan is scheduled to begin on July 10, the earliest possible date based on previous updates. The league will only move to Phase 3 on this date provided that medical and safety conditions allow it.
On Monday, June 8, the NHL will officially transition to Phase 2 of the four-phase return plan, the league announced on Thursday night.
On Thursday, the NHL announced an agreement with the NHLPA on the remaining details of the return to play format.
As a fourth seed in the NHL’s 24-team playoff format in a return to play, the Flyers have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a formal announcement on Tuesday afternoon to detail the rest of this four-phase plan and break down the playoff structure and draft lottery protocols as the NHL strives to make a return to play.
The NHL released a memo on Monday that detailed the steps of Phase 2 in a return to play. The 29-page memo states targeting an early-June date for a move to Phase 2, though no firm date has been announced.
The NHLPA Executive Board had a call on Thursday to discuss the proposed 24-team playoff structure for the NHL’s return to play. On Friday, the NHLPA officially announced approval of the 24-team structure and authorized further negotiations with the NHL in pursuing the return to play.
On Wednesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL and NHLPA is working toward a 24-team playoff setup that would be conference-based and it certainly has an interesting structure.
It’s “not something I’m even contemplating,” Gary Bettman said regarding a possible cancellation of the NHL season, according to an article in The Mercury News. “I believe that if the right time comes, and the right circumstances, based on all of the options that we’re considering and our ability to execute them, we’ll get this season done.”
Wednesday evening brought the latest update from the NHL and NHLPA regarding the possibility of a return to play.
According to a report from Greg Wyshynski at ESPN, the scenario of neutral sites is no longer being considered by the NHL for a return and instead the league has shifted to targeting neutral NHL arenas by division to host the remainder of the games.
South Jersey native Mike Trout expressed some concerns with a plan for baseball potentially returning in quarantined fashion in Arizona, namely the upcoming birth of his child.
According to an Associated Press report, MLB and the MLB Players Association are discussing a potential plan that would start baseball games in front of fan-less ballparks in Arizona.
Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper announced he was making a sizable donation to fight coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
A cancellation of the Stanley Cup Final is nothing the NHL hasn’t experienced before, and a proactive step so that history doesn’t repeat itself.