The NHL Gamers’ Affiliation met Thursday night time to vote on a 24-team playoff proposal that may treatment the present season, which was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The chief board’s resolution may come as early as Friday after a supply advised The Related Press that the NHLPA met to vote on the proposed plan.
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A vote on the playoffs format could be a significant step ahead into resuming the season however officers will nonetheless have to barter well being and security protocols.
Underneath the plan proposed the highest 4 groups in every of the Japanese and Western Conferences would play one another for seeding whereas the remaining 16 groups face off in a best-of-five sequence play-in spherical to set the ultimate 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.
That will imply byes for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers within the East and defending champion St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars within the West.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens would additionally make it within the East and the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks within the West.
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This format would result in the normal 4 rounds of seven-game sequence.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned final week that the league was “in all probability eight or 9” centralized places to function one among two “hub” cities for when hockey returns.
Gamers have been at odds with the league over return, with some questioning what the affect might be on the game.
“You don’t wish to have a ‘COVID Cup,’ and I’m fearful that if we come again and attempt to drive this factor and it’s a little bit gimmicky and it’s not fairly proper, whoever wins the Cup goes to have individuals attempt to take it away from them their entire lives. They usually don’t deserve that,” Nashville Predators’ heart Matt Duchene advised Sportsnet on Tuesday.
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If the NHLPA’s government board and the league’s board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning could be set. The the place, when and the way should nonetheless be decided, together with what number of cities will host video games, quarantine laws and testing.
The Related Press contributed to this report.