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According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Edmonton and Toronto will be the two hub cities to host the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs barring any “last-minute complications” like what happened with Vancouver and Las Vegas, who appeared to be the favorites to host the tournament just a matter of weeks ago.
A long night of negotiations between the league and players’ association on Tuesday resulted in a lot of progress on issues in phases three (training camps, which are set to begin a week from Friday) and four (Stanley Cup Playoffs), a CBA extension, and transition rules. There are still a few things that need to be finalized, McKenzie noted.
Nothing carved in stone just yet, but if there are no hiccups in finalizing the tentative agreement, NHLPA membership could be voting on RTP/CBA/transition/critical dates by Friday or Saturday.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2020
Chicago and Las Vegas were the two other cities being considered as of Tuesday. Chicago had 52,340 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday while Nevada had 562 cases as of Monday. Cases in the United States have been skyrocketing and some states have even rolled back on their reopening plans, which makes it tough for NHL to finish the season there.
Meanwhile, Alberta recorded only 41 cases and Ontario counted 157 new ones at last check.
Toronto will likely host the Eastern Conference while Edmonton will host the Western Conference.
There could be daily triple headers when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, which will reportedly be on Thursday, July 30 with 24 teams.
Players who quarantined outside of the country are currently coming back this week to quarantine before training camps open.
Edmonton is currently working on a couple final issues with the NHL, according to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug.
Additionally, can report that the 6 required ice surfaces will be Rogers Place, the Downtown Community Arena, and the 4 surfaces at the Terwillegar Rec Centre (which will require bussing)
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 2020
By Harrison Brown