There have been lots of talks about the 2020-21 season and how the National Hockey League will manage to get it going under these conditions, all thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has become obvious that most teams need to safely welcome fans during their local games, in order to earn significant additional income, however, it sounds hard to make that a reality.
Minnesota Wild insider Michael Russo recently reported that the latest info on next season is that it won’t start until early January at the earliest. He added that it would be a shortened season because of the Olympics, and even believes the NHL will have no other choice but to hold modified, regional bubbles including all Canadian bubble.
There has been so much chatter that the NHL feels the need to speak with players as soon as possible. On Thursday night, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the NHLPA is creating a player committee to work with the NHL on the logistics for the upcoming campaign. The two sides are expected to meet after the end of the Stanley Cup Final in the hopes that there can get some concrete foundation before we jump into the NHL Draft and the opening of free agency.
“Well, the NHLPA is creating a committee as we speak no different than the return to play committee prior to the National Hockey League getting back onto the ice and the NHL players will once again be involved. And they’ll be getting negotiations with the National Hockey League at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup final to go through a myriad of challenges that they face before they drop puck on 2020-21.”
For now the when and how the 2020-21 season will get underway remains in the air and so much work remains on both sides to get a plan together.
They better start early indeed…