National Hockey League to choose Edmonton and Toronto as hub cities, TSN reports

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Barring any last-minute complications, and we have seen some of those (Vancouver and Las Vegas), the two NHL Hub cities will be Edmonton and Toronto.

Initially the NHL had been eyeing one location in the USA and one in Canada but a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the states has prompted league officials to reconsider.

But when British Columbia refused to alter its strict health rules, the National Hockey League pulled out of Vancouver, with most assuming Toronto and Edmonton would battle it out for the lone Canadian hub. Each of the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the postseason format will have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the top pick in Phase 2.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported last week that it is likely the Western Conference will play in the western-based hub and the Eastern Conference will play in the eastern-based hub.

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Fernandes has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 14 appearances since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January. It was his second goal in as many league games after also scoring in the 3-0 win over Brighton at the end of last month.

This is all subject to an NHL/NHLPA agreement, which could also include an extension to a Collective Bargaining Agreement that is set to expire in September 2022.

The NHL is now in Phase 2 of its four-phase return-to-play plan, which allows small groups of players to skate together at team facilities under strict COVID-19 testing and monitoring.

The league and NHL Players Association have targeted July 10 for teams to open training camps. Phase 4, which includes the resumption of games in hub cities, does not have a start date yet. An outbreak at the Tampa Bay Lightning facility along with a total of 26 players testing positive has raised concerns over the necessity of a restart.

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