Even if the National Hockey League (NHL) does not intend to reproduce the two-bubble model during the regular season, it could nevertheless resort to a similar, but expanded system.
Indeed, according to what TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Monday, the NHL is exploring the possibility of establishing four to six bubbles for the next season. “(The idea) was launched here and there, on a preliminary basis,” said the journalist from the American network. He also indicated that the bubbles would be ideally located in cities where fans are allowed to enter arenas.
According to this scenario, at least one bubble would be implanted in Canada and an all-Canadian division could be created because of restrictions related to cross-border travel, that is to say the respect of a quarantine of several days at the entrance to the country.
In this model, players would be part of rotations that would allow them to spend two weeks inside the bubble and then a week at home with their families. The teams would play around 12 games per month.
The season will likely have to be cut off by several games to end before the Tokyo Olympics are presented, starting July 22, due to television rights.