NHL Eliminates Pittsburgh, Dallas From List Of Possible Hub Cities; Six Candidates Remain

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The NHL got closer to a decision on their two hub cities for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday as two more cities were crossed off the list for candidacy to become one: Pittsburgh and Dallas, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun. St. Paul and Columbus were also eliminated as candidates earlier this week.

The six cities that remain under consideration to host the tournament include Las Vegas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Las Vegas was a favorite a few weeks ago before coronavirus cases in the United States starting spiking in the south. Nevada had 330 coronavirus cases as of Sunday.

It has been reported that the NHL wants at least one hub city north of the border.

As of Monday, Vancouver had 2822 confirmed coronavirus cases and 169 deaths while Alberta had 7736 cases and 153 fatalities, Ontario recorded 33,853 cases and 2619 deaths, Los Angeles County tallied 78,227 cases and 3027 deaths, and Illinois marked up 138K cases and 6875 deaths (becoming one of the hotspots for the virus in the United States).

The NHL is set to open training camps for three weeks (two in the club’s city and one in the hub city) beginning July 10 and the season is reportedly set to resume on July 31. The league had one of its worst days of cases on Friday as three players and two staff members of the Tampa Bay Lightning tested positive for the virus as did Toronto Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews. However, the NHL is still sticking to its original timeline despite the positive tests.

Many players have become more hesitant about resuming the season with another surge in cases across the country but others have expressed optimism and hope that they will be in a good situation in their hub city.

By Harrison Brown

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5 Responses to NHL Eliminates Pittsburgh, Dallas From List Of Possible Hub Cities; Six Candidates Remain

  1. Anonymous says:

    Personally I would shut down all the existing seasons across the board and resume once the new season has arrived.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think that would be the safest thing to do. Unfortunately there is so much money at stake for the NHL to finish the season ($500 million), the loss would likely mean that several teams would have to fold operations.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There’s a distinct possibility a franchise or two, even though there is money to be had (500 million) are operating under tight budget constraints. To those operations that continue operating losses pile up. I give you a successful season or two may lead to recouping/recovery. But a thinning of the herd never hurts, of course, those cities/towns involve are devastated.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I generally agree with what you are say, although I would rather see a few teams relocate. The league requires a $200 million fee from a new (relocated) city, which would certainly help the bottom line. (Arizona to Houston, etc.)

  3. Murphy says:

    Many states are spiking in cases. The northeast is in a big decline with covid-19 cases. Go to the cities that are on the decline. California is a mess, along with all of the south.

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