The league (and its players) stand to lose a lot of money if the regular season and most importantly the playoffs aren't concluded. I've heard estimates of $1 billion (revenue, not profit). Remember, the NHL is much more dependent on ticket sales than other leagues. So I think the league and the players will do everything they can to finish off this season. With that in mind, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that we could go all the way to August before play resumes.
I think that all depends on the numbers we see every time we turn on the TV or look at our phones. You know, number of cases and number of deaths due to the coronavirus. Right now, those numbers are still spiking, and probably will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks _ in part because of more testing. I think a mid-May or June 1 return to hockey (or the NBA for that matter) is optimistic.
I guess try to get into some kind of routine. I've spent a lot of time in my home office. I'm already getting on my wife's nerves. The key to our soon to be 37-year marriage, I'm convinced, is the fact that I spend a lot of time on the road or away from the house anyway, be it covering the NHL, the NFL or even Mizzou before that! I'm trying to walk the dogs with some regularity, but I fear I may be ready to play nose tackle _ you know, 300-plus pounds _ by the time this is over due to the lack of physical activity.
I think that would be a last resort.
I think what Bettman said was that he didn't want it to jeopardize playing a full 2020-21 season. Some of the players apparently believe that could still happen even with an August re-start of the 2019-20 season.
Well, if the regular season started now, based on the current standings, I think the Blues would have a tough time getting out of the first round. They would open with Nashville, and if you recall, the Blues went 0-3-1 against the Predators during the regular season.
Yeah, I don't know if any kind of mini-tournament has been discussed. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. On the other hand, basically 90 percent of the regular season has been played, and the league may think that's enough of a season to seed the playoffs _ going by winning percentage rather than games played because teams have played between 68 and 71 games.
Again, wouldn't be surprised if that were the case in terms of being discussed by the league. It probably could work, and be kind of exciting. But I think the NHL would like to have something that was closer to the normal NHL format.
There were only 18 regular-season games played that season, down from the usual 24 played at that time. The Cup Final was cancelled at 5 games, with the series tied at 2-2-1
Yes. He's done with college and too old for juniors. So he would be slated for the Springfield (Mass.) Thunderbirds. (Gonna have to get used to that.) And if for some reason he wasn't deemed ready for the AHL, he could always go to the ECHL, which I doubt would be the case. As for the signing bonus, that's negotiated. Sometimes it's a lump sum, sometimes it's in installments, usually no more than 3 installments per year.
Ate in once at Urban Chestnut's location in the Grove. Very tasty, but obviously not the healthiest choice for chow. Don't think I've ever had it in Canada.
To my knowledge, I think a little more than half the team has stayed in St. Louis. Don't have an idea on the foreign players (and there aren't many with the Blues _ just a few Swedes and a couple Russians.) Most countries are in the self-quarantine mode, right? So If you're from a small town in Canada or Sweden, etc., what are you going to do _ sit in a cabin until this breaks?
Interesting point. There's some sense to that because in varying degrees our memories are foggier on the games early in the season. Maybe you could provide some teasers in the advertising leading up to the game like _ "you won't believe what happened to Binnington in this one" _ but don't tell us the final score beforehand.. Plus, I wish they would telecast the games in chronological order, which would give you a sense of the flow of the season if you're watching them regularly, which I have been so far.
On a lot of topics, Bettman seems a lot more open in his remarks _ not that he's perfect. There were a lot of those NFL state of the league press conferences during Super Bowl week where after an hour's worth of press conference, I'd think, what did Goodell really say? He wasn't that way at the beginning of his regime, but he became a master of talking but not really providing much substance over the years.
Interesting question. I don't have an answer. Do you think since the players have more time to "recreate" right now that they're blowing more weed these days?