Report: NHL’s Return To Play Proposal Expected To Be Approved By Players Association

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The executive committee vote by each NHL team is expected to result in an approval of the NHL plans to go straight to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 16-team play-in round by the players association, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

A lot of players have previously voiced disapproval of the tournament because of the number of teams, the safety of the players and their families, and other reasons. But many have acknowledged over the past few days that this option may be the only one if they want a 2020 Stanley Cup Champion crowned. The players association has been working with the league to accommodate their concerns.

The tournament will likely take place in two cities. Las Vegas, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, St. Paul, and Dallas were the possibilities at last check.

Some teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers have expressed concern that a best-of-three against the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, would allow for them to be at a disadvantage if players like Carey Price and Patrick Kane went off for two games to end their respective seasons after being off for a few months. The top-eight teams could play games against the other three from their conference to determine seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

This could make leeway for an announcement of the format within the next few days as the Players Association is either concluding or nearing an end of the ballot. However, the announcement will not contain a schedule or a timetable for the games to be played.

The play-in round matchups can be found here.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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