On Tuesday, TSN insider Darren Dreger that the NHL was now aiming for late May to kick off Phase 2 in the plan for play to resume this summer. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators will be ready to enter the phase as the Ontario government has announced pro sports teams have been cleared to open their facilities to their athletes to train, pending league approvals.
This means that the Maple Leafs and Senators would be allowed to meet in small groups to skate and practice.
However, Dreger clearly noted on Tuesday that teams won’t be getting an unfair advantage in regards to training and will most likely have to wait for all teams to get clearance before they can hit the ice.
As per Sens insider Bruce Garrioch, “in an email to Postmedia, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says: “It means (the Senators and Leafs) can reopen when we allow all teams to reopen. We aren’t there yet.”
However, fans can find solace in the fact that some teams are now getting the green light by their respective governments, which is encouraging and could mean more and more clubs will get the green light.