My girlfriend’s father is a very punctual man, and he really appreciated it when I was early for a date with his daughter one time. In the most modest way possible, the NHL needs to learn a thing or two from me and arrive at decisions at the time specified. Or better yet, specify a time at least?
So far with the Return to Play, there have been so many delays and circle backs that I have little confidence in their project actually working. They never ended up doing the Draft despite announcing in May that it would happen before the end of June. Hub City locations were initially put in writing to be determined by June, it is July now. Poor Bob has been saying “today, maybe?” for weeks now. All of this tells me the NHL’s initial plans and hopes didn’t match the reality of the world and they’ve had to adjust and compensate constantly since.
Chris Johnston is now reporting two dates for the Return to Play that seem important. July 13th for the opening of training camps in the teams’ local cities. And July 25th for the beginning of the Hub City portion of the plan. I don’t know who his sources are, they could be Gary Bettman for all I know, but I will believe it when I see it when it comes to what is being said actually coming to pass.
Still an "if" with NHL/NHLPA negotiations ongoing, but should things proceed on a timely basis there's some thought NHL training camps could open July 13, with teams travelling to hub cities as soon as July 25.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2020
Despite my many unresolved issues with the NHL trying to play games during a pandemic, I miss hockey and want to see it back. Games (or at least a date to look forward to) have been promised for a really long time, and so far I wouldn’t be surprised if August turns into September for a start date.
I get to watch Formula 1 tomorrow as the first of eight races in Europe are set to happen this weekend. They announced the new calendar about a month ago and they’re following through, and it’s a great feeling for me as a fan to be able to get excited for something and then have it happen according to plan. Right now I don’t know where the NHL’s plan leads.
As Vegas spikes in COVID-19 cases, it looks like the NHL’s dream to have a tournament there is erased. The Day One option might finally be off the table for good.
Final straw on Vegas as hub appears to have been the news reports about so many hotel/casino employees testing positive for COVID-19— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 1, 2020
Defeats purpose of an NHL player/staff bubble if many hotel staffers were going to be able to enter society where coronavirus is still spreading
As a result, unless the NHL agrees to follow Vancouver’s rules for keeping asymptomatic people away from people who tested negative, the Hub Cities are going to be Toronto and Edmonton. Yeah, the USA could’ve had all this NHL revenue come to two of their cities and help those economies, but nope, they didn’t want to wear a mask.
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. 🇨🇦— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2020
Ryan Kesler, now retired, popped on Twitter to be a troll to Edmonton fans, who hate him. As Katya perfectly put it in the site chat, “He’s so anti-Oilers, he should be a Leafs fan.” His flamethrowing aside, there’s a real chance the NHLPA vetoes Edmonton and the league will have to circle back to Vancouver. As a fellow Leafs, I think Ryan would agree with me that such a development would be hilarious. bUt OuR mOuNtAiNs!
“Please say we’re playing in Toronto, please be Toronto”. -every NHL player https://t.co/u3iGrYlCxT— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) July 1, 2020
Unlike Nick Robertson, who was already signed to an ELC, top prospects in Montreal, Minnesota, and New York will not be able to sign contracts for this year and join the Return to Play Protocol. We think.
With the usual qualifier of nothing is certain until the agreement is ratified — stamp that on every one of my tweets this week — it’s my understanding recently signed players Romanov (MTL), Kaprizov (MIN), Sorokin (NYI) will not be eligible for 2019-20 RTP.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2020
This flat cap really sucks for the Leafs. I’m glad there’s the possibility for players to opt out of the playoffs, it’s embarrassing the culture that they’re bad people and bad “brothers” in the room for not agreeing to risk their health for the playoffs. When it’s a broken leg, no one seems to care, but now that there’s a pandemic, maybe people will understand.
10 per cent of next season’s salary deferred; language for right to opt-out of Return to Play. Also, NHL fought for changes to contract structure — limits on signing bonuses and less salary fluctuation on a year-to-year basis. We’ll see how that looks.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2020
While the idea of people from around the world gathering together makes me squeamish, this sounds pretty nice.
If the NHL/NHLPA finalize things, if the players ratify it, and subject to negotiation with IOC, sounds like proposed CBA extension includes the NHL’s return to Olympic participation covering both 2022 and 2026. Which is 👌— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2020
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Freddy’s got nothing better going on, bring on the games!
Frederik Andersen said he needs more information on NHL's RTP, but "I'm confident we'll have something to vote on. I want to play. I don't want to sit and waste a season."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) June 30, 2020
Whatever the reason, that’s talent lost from the NHL.
Rikard Grönborg has extended his contract with the Zurich Lions through 2023. The former Swedish national team coach has previously expressed a desire to work in the NHL, and received some interest from the New Jersey Devils a few months back. https://t.co/t7pmxk2vvT— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2020
GRITTY x QUEER EYE!!!!
I hope this leads to the same thing happening for the Chicago hockey team. I don’t care if they’re an Original Six team. The Leafs have changed their name twice over the years and each new name is now a proud part of their history.
Investors and shareholders worth a combined $620 billion are calling on Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to sever ties with the Washington Redskins unless the team changes its name, according to a report by Adweek. https://t.co/4I2us1MYgF— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 2, 2020