The national hockey League (NHL) and its players Association have stepped up their communications in the last days, so that the circuit Bettman is trying to finalize a recovery plan of its activities.
Depending on what was learned the newspaper “New York Post”, the two bodies have set up a committee to return to the game and two teleconferences have been held during the last three days.
On this committee, the NHL would be represented by Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Colin Campbell and Steve Hatze Petros. From its side, the players Association has delegated to Don Fehr, Mathieu Schneider, Don Zavelo and Steve Webb. Four skaters are also involved, either John Tavares, Connor McDavid, James van Riemsdyk and Ron Hainsey.
In addition, health professionals advise the two clans.
Finite sites neutral?
It is known that the NHL is working on a recovery plan where certain cities would be the hosts of the games remaining in the regular season 2019-2020 and playoffs.
The ability to hold these battles in a neutral territory such as North Dakota and New Hampshire has been mentioned, but the NHL seems to have changed its tack, and would like to do the recovery in cities that are already home to one of their courses.
According to one source the “New York Post”, Toronto and Columbus are two of its municipalities.
In this scenario, one city would be assigned to each section. So, Toronto would be the host of the teams of the atlantic chapter, which includes the Montreal canadiens. The players, coaches and team personnel would be forced to remain in this location as long as their campaign is not over.
Still a lot of questions
There are still several elements to be determined for this scenario to be adopted, such as the impact it would have on the personal lives of the players, but also on their health.
The NHL must, in particular, determine what she would do if a skater is declared positive, the COVID-19, as well as the frequency at which players would be tested.
“It all depends on the specific circumstances, said Bill Daly in the daily life of the Big Apple. I’m not going to go through a million different patterns and completely hypothetical. I am perfectly comfortable with what we know now and with the experts that we have chosen to take the right decisions.”