Edmonton is one of 11 to 14 teams believed to have submitted a hub city proposal to the NHL and it appears that they got quite an advantage over other clubs on Tuesday as insider Ryan Rishaug of TSN reported that things were progressing between the Oilers and the province of Alberta with regards to a hub city proposal in Edmonton that would allow the NHL to potentially resume its season.
While many questions, including how any potential positive tests from staff or players would impact competition, remain, there is great hope that action could resume in Edmonton after all.
“As meetings continue between[Alberta Health Services]and the Oilers organization there remains a strong sense of optimism from both sides that a realistic proposal will be possible. While there is still lots to work through, criteria from the NHL and AHS seem to be aligning on many fronts. Deeper discussions on testing protocol, the government’s role in that testing, contingency plans in the event of positive tests and a whole host of other logistics are planned in the coming days,” Rishaug wrote on Twitter.
It remains to be seen if others city candidates will be able to provide this similar service.
As Darren Dreger revealed on Tuesday night, the NHL is hoping to have players back in facilities for Phase 2 of the league’s potential re-opening by late May.
We are still waiting to see what plan will be chosen to resume the season, but if host cities are in the mix, it sounds almost sure that Edmonton will be seriously considered.