It was recently reported by TSN’s Frank Seravalli that the NHL is targeting mid-to-late May for its ‘Phase 2’, which is opening team practice facilities for small group workouts.
However on Tuesday, his colleague Darren Dreger announced on the latest edition of Insider Trading on TSN that the NHL was now aiming for late May to kick off Phase 2 in the plan for play to resume this summer.
“The NHL is hopeful that they will be able to initiate Phase 2 in later May, but that’s all subject to a review and it is too early to start the review process. The NHL though is encouraged by the markets that are loosening up and are cautiously optimistic, and monitoring carefully to see if there will be any setbacks. The modo is Better safe, then sorry.
Phase 2 can’t really get started the large majority of the NHL teams are able to open up and that means players coming back. But here’s an interesting twist to all that: even though the majority of clubs may be able to open up, unless they can all about up at the same time or around the same time, the NHL isn’t going to allow players to go to their clubs’ facility again until the majority are able to do that.”
It remains to be seen how many players will choose to join small groups on the ice prior to training camps. However for now, we have to determine when that will be able to take place.