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The NHL will talk about a potential date for the 2020 NHL Draft and narrowing their list of centralized locations to resume the 2019-20 regular season this week, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman.
The board of governors will discuss the draft on a conference call on Monday and it could take place from June 5-6, the first weekend of the month. Freidman said earlier this week on NHL Network that this will be an electronic draft like what the NFL did last month. Many teams hate this idea but the board of governors might still decide to do it in early June because Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks it is necessary for business reasons.
The NHL events team will discuss centralized locations with Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. It is believed that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and Toronto Maple Leafs have expressed interest in hosting games, though one team official stated that he heard there were “more than 10 of us submitting bids.” One city from each division will host games to finish the regular season.
United States President Donald Trump said in April that arenas will start out empty once pro sports returns and eventually have limited attendance before teams can play in front of sellout crowds again.
Nothing will be set in ink this week regarding the four host cities but “the safest spots” will get the most consideration.
“We don’t expect them to be isolated and away from their families for a four-month period of time or a three-month period of time, or even a two-month period of time. We understand the importance of … family interaction, and we’ll find a way to accommodate that,” Daly said on 630 CHED in Edmonton last Friday on players being concerned about being away from their families for a significant amount of time.
The NHL season was paused on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic with each team having played 68-71 games played already.
By Harrison Brown