2019-20 NHL Season Could Go Into September

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The NHL owners and governors met on a conference call to discuss the rest of the season as the 2019-20 campaign has now been on pause for 11 days due to the coronavirus. TSN Insider Darren Dreger discussed the items brought up on the conference call on Monday.

If the NHL does not resume until mid-May as the CDC recommended against mass gatherings of at least 50 people for two months last week, the owners were strategizing the summer on the call supposing play would be able to resume this season.

If the NHL does return, the 2019-20 season could end in September with next season beginning in mid-November. If the 2020-21 campaign were to start then, the bye week and All-Star Game, which was scheduled to take place at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, would be eliminated.

An infectious disease consultant based out of New York was brought on the call. The governors asked questions. Dreger described it as a “reality check for many” and said that the consultant “brought some hard numbers.”

“No one really knows [what’s going to happen], including this consultant,” Dreger continued.

There will be a conference call between commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, and all 31 general managers on Tuesday. Dreger said that they will likely want to know how standings will work and the impact it will have on the 2020 NHL Draft.

Dreger added the league continues to work on different scheduling and Stanley Cup Playoff scenarios but said that there is too much uncertainty right now to make a final decision on how the rest of the season will play out.

He concluded by saying that the GMs will want to address free agency on Tuesday on their call with Commissioner Bettman.

By Harrison Brown

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