According to The New York Post’s Larry Brooks, the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on July 30, and training camps will still open on July 10.
The news comes one day after news came out that three players and two staff members from the Tampa Bay Lightning, players from the Arizona Coyotes, and Toronto Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews all reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus as cases have been skyrocketing in southern states such as Florida and Arizona for the past couple weeks. Matthews has been quarantining in his offseason home in Arizona since the 2019-20 NHL season paused on March 12.
The Lightning were forced the shut their facilities down until further notice.
Brooks added that teams will travel to their hub cities on July 23 or 24.
From NHL GM’s meeting, Post has learned that training camp is set for two weeks, with teams traveling to respective hub city on July 23 or 24 before playing one exhibition game. The Stanley Cup tournament that begins with qualifying rounds is scheduled to begin on July 30.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) June 20, 2020
It has been speculated that training camps will be held in the club’s respective cities for two weeks and their assigned hub city for one week.
16 teams will compete in a best-of-five qualifying series to determine the top-16 teams while the top-four teams in each conference (in terms of points percentage) will play in a three-game round-robin to determine tournament seeding.
The two hub cities will be announced next week with Las Vegas being the favorite to host games for the Western Conference. Candidates to host games for the Eastern Conference include Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Teams can bring 30 players plus an unlimited number of goalies to camp, Brooks added. Players on injured reserve will not count against that limit,
By Harrison Brown