NHL's return to play plan officially ends Sabres' season


One complicating factor, for everything, is time frame.

The next phase will feature a roughly three-week training camp starting no earlier than July 1.

But there's a framework going forward that the NBA, MLB and certainly the Canadian Football League don't have.

And this time, all they had to do to get it was sit on their respective couches and watch NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during an interview on NBC Sports Network.

A 24-team playoff format is in store for the league that will see the top four teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference will play each other in a Round Robin to determine seedings. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be best-of-seven series.

The format was decided by members of the Return to Play Committee which included five players: Ottawa Senators' Ron Hainsey, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele, Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares and Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk.

The top four teams in each Conference will receive a bye to the next round with the remaining 16 teams playing a qualifying round to make the final 16.

Hey, the whole thing is going to be wild and insane.

Under this new format, each conference will be assigned a "hub city" in which they will carry out their games during the postseason.

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People should not be inside the homes of their friends and families, unless it is to access the garden, he added. Sir Bernard insisted the format for the session has been agreed by the committee.

This season will see seven teams eliminated and the top 12 teams based on points percentage from the Eastern and Western Conference continuing.

During a 15-minute conference call, league commissioner Gary Bettman laid out a four-phase plan and acknowledged they are now in Phase 1.

"I am confident in the capabilities of our public health system and health capacity to address and rising need", she wrote.

Also, any person returning to the team's home city by public transportation, including commercial air or rail travel, must serve a 14-day self-quarantine period post-travel before engaging in training activities, the league said. He will be the heart and soul of a franchise one day.

Of the three Canadian entrants in this race, Edmonton has the edge when it comes to how well it has managed to keep the number of novel coronavirus cases in check compared to Toronto and Vancouver, and that may be the deciding factor when the National Hockey League higher ups take their vote.

The way the numbers are trending and the availability of everything here, Edmonton's case figures to get better, not worse.

Many details are what many of us already know - as the NHLPA's Executive Board signed off on the league's proposed 24-team tournament last week. If Draisaitl or Connor McDavid win the Hart Trophy as MVP, that'll be 11 of those.

Provincial Minister of Tourism Lisa Beare has been working with the Canucks to lay a foundation for a possible Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Horgan said. Are they willing to use hub cities for teams that are qualifying for the postseason? He'll now also be able to watch which players pass the playoff test and be able to make better decisions.