Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that AHL officials held a conference call on Monday to discuss a format for a potential postseason in 2021. Currently there are no formal plans to hold any type of postseason, and no plans to award the Calder Cup for the 2020-21 season. According to Friedman the AHL is hoping to finalize something shortly.
Friedman provided the update in his regular “31 Thoughts” column on Tuesday.
“18. The AHL held a conference call on Monday to discuss a playoff format and are hoping to finalize something. A Calder Cup itself is very unlikely due to cross-country quarantines and the overall economics. But a short post-season in each division is being worked on.”
The AHL announced their plans for the 2020-21 regular season on January 5. 28 teams subsequently began play on February 5.
The 28 teams have been divided into five divisions: Atlantic, Canadian, North, Central and Pacific.
The Hershey Bears will play 36 games this season, all within the North Division, against the Binghamton Devils, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Bears are 7-2-2 in their first 11 games and atop the North Division. The regular season is currently scheduled to run through May 16.
Four teams were granted provisional relocations for the 2020-21 season: the Binghamton Devils are playing in Newark, N.J.; the Ontario Reign are playing in El Segundo, Calif.; the Providence Bruins are playing in Marlborough, Mass.; and the San Diego Gulls are playing in Irvine, Calif.
The Charlotte Checkers, Milwaukee Admirals and Springfield Thunderbirds elected to opt out of play for the 2020-21 season. All three teams will return to play in 2021-22.
By Jon Sorensen