Hello to one an all. Let's get right at it. . . .
Interesting you should mention this. I'm currently working on a story on the financial impact of the NHL's suspension of play on the Blues. It should run online and in the Post-Dispatch by the end of the work week. Most teams and business have insurance for "business interruptions" but in the Blues' case it might not cover pandemics.
I guess you can say that's the case if the season is totally cancelled. Then again, under that scenario, the NHL could award it to Boston, since the Bruins have the most points.
That's a good question. For now, the NHL has maintained that it plans to award the Cup, and is willing to push back the season/playoffs as far as possible without jeopardizing its ability to play a full 2020-21 situation. Obviously this is a fluid and rapidly-changing situation. A "new normal" as Doug Armstrong has referred to it, has yet to be totally established.
That's a thought. Along those lines, when the pizza or sandwich delivery guy comes to the door, is one roll of toilet paper a sufficient tip? Or two? Thoughts, suggestions?
Yes, the Springfield (Mass.) Thunderbirds had been an affiliate of the Florida Panthers for four seasons. But Florida is changing affiliates next season, going to Chicago (the Wolves). The Wolves franchise became open when the Vegas Golden Knights pulled out (buying the San Antonio franchise and deciding to place it in the Las Vegas area. So you see, there's been a bit of AHL musical chairs here. So the Florida players at Springfield that are still under contract by the Panthers would now play for the Chicago Wolves. Similarly the San Antonio players under contract with the Blues would play for Springfield next season.
I'm sure that would be among the possibilities, although one the NHL would like to avoid in favor of a fuller playoff field.
Can't speak to the AHL. But not aware of any NHL teams in danger of bankruptcy. And I'm not sure if the cancellation of between 4 to 8 regular-season games (that's the range among the 31 NHL teams when play was suspended) would be the tipping point for a team going under.
According to Frank Seravalli of Canada's TSN, several of the league's top players (Seravalli did not name names) have suggested a plan where the league starts up in August, completes its playoffs by the end of the September, takes October off and then begin the 2020-21 season in November and plays a full (albeit condensed) schedule.
Not sure if the coronavirus "pause" will affect the salary cap. But I think you raise a good question. With no hockey until at least May, why not negotiate with Petro now? I have no idea if this is taking place or even a possibility. The Blues are a team built from the goaltender and D-corps out _ it's a big part of what makes them a top team. So I'd think you'd want Pietrangelo back.
It sounds like less than ideal ice conditions is a risk the league is willing to take.based on the reports that some players would be willing to start the season in August. About half of the teams that would currently be in the playoff field, play in places that could be hot that time of year: Carolina, Tampa Bay, Washington, Dallas, Las Vegas, Nashville and St. Louis.
I think the only thing it changes at this point is that they can't play this season, since there is no hockey being played. And since the rosters are now frozen for this season (which took effect Monday), I presume it stays that way.
I only know from what I've read. It looks like the answers is yes. Once the suspension hit, players were due only three more paychecks, and I believe one of those three checks went out since the "pause" in play.
Interesting thought. At this point, I'm pretty sure all options are on the table.
I'm sure the NHLPA would sign off on an extension that would set back the contract expiration date to some point after the conclusion of play. Say the Stanley Cup Final ended in late September, and there was no hockey in October, and a resumption of play in November. You could have the NHL draft, say, the first week of October and free agency starting the second week of October. The only thing that might be complicated is restricted free agency, since that's usually a longer process.
They do not have a team in the AHL or ECHL.
You could have a point there.
I do not need a day with the Cup. I've posed with it before the Final at an NHL media party in Boston.. (Did not touch.) And I touched it during Craig Berube's Cup day in Calahoo, Alberta.