Return To Play Tentative Calendar
As Brian reported yesterday, the NHL and NHLPA have negotiated a framework around a new collective bargaining agreement along with guidelines for returning to play to finish the 2019-20 season. The agreement could be ratified as early as this weekend. We’ll certainly pass along any news as it breaks, but in the meantime, here’s a tentative timeline for the rest of the calendar year, as reported by the NHL Insiders at TSN.
July 13 - Training Camp begins for playoffs
July 24 - Teams travel to hub cities
July 25 - Exhibition games begin
July 30 - Qualification Round begins
Aug. 9 - First round of playoffs begin
Aug. 23 - Second round of playoffs begin
Sept. 6 - Conference Finals begin
Sept. 20 - Stanley Cup Final begins
Nov. 17 - Training Camp begins for 2020-21 season
Dec. 1 - Opening night of 2020-21 season
In Other News
- Take a peek into a socially-distanced NHL weight room:
- The Hurricanes are counting down 10 top moments of the 2019-20 season. Here’s what you might have missed so far:
Number 10: The winningest goaltender in franchise history calls it a career.
Number 9: The franchise leader in points per game.
Number 8: Making a splash at the trade deadline.
Number 7: He’s not throwing away his shot.
Number 6: Accurate.
- If you’re not Digging In with Tripp on the regular, you’re doing quarantine wrong. His latest podcast guests are Justin Williams and John Isner. [YouTube] [Buzzsprout]
- Three more Canes have arrived back in the states (along with a couple of Flyers friends).
- Speaking of Flyers ... They hate us ‘cause they ain’t us. [Broad Street Hockey]
- In an unusual unveiling, Lindy Ruff has been named the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. [Devils.com] [nj.com]
- This summer’s playoffs are expected to be even more unpredictable than normal, and here are ten X-factors that will shape them. [ESPN]
- This week’s Super 16 rankings covers the top left wings of the 24 teams in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. [NHL.com]
- Heading into training camp, here are 10 under-the-radar rookies who could make an impact. [NHL.com]
- And here I thought everyone raved about our press meals. But hey at least we’re not last! The sportswriters rank their favorite NHL rinks. [The Athletic $]
- Honoring the legacy of Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave, as told by his wife Emily. Colby died from a colloid brain cyst on April 11. He was 25. [ESPN]
- If you can endure 13 minutes of Steve Dangle, here’s a pretty interesting trade tree scenario. [SportsNet]
- Have a great weekend, be safe, and wear a mask you knuckleheads.