Hello again everybody. With the NHL closing in an agreement on hub cities, a return to play and a new CBA, let's get to your questions.
I asked Armstrong about this a few weeks ago, At that point he said he still had to discuss it further with Craig Berube in terms of approach to the round-robin games.. He did say he's like to play everyone on the expanded roster at least once before the actual elimination rounds started in the Round of 16.. But that was with the expectation that there would also be a couple of preseason games prior to the round-robin. So I guess my answer is that they will put a lot more into than a preseason game, but probably a little short of playoff intensity.
From everything I've seen today, it looks like the Blues and the West will be in Edmonton with the Eastern Conference teams in Toronto. But nothing official yet. If this is indeed the case, any home ice advantage for the Oilers or Maple Leafs should be neglible since there wll be no fans in the stands.
It looks like the Blues and the West will be in Edmonton, actually. I don't know what the plans are for the TV broadcasts. Have you, or anyone else on the chat watched the English Premier League games? How is the piped in crowd noise working there. A part of me would like to see players and coaches mic'ed up for the NHL with no crowd noise. With a few seconds worth of a delay to guard against any foul language.
The NHL has yet to announce it's media policies for the postseason, but I doubt any media will be allowed in the same strict bubble as the players. Gary Bettman said about a month ago that access to the event level _ locker rooms, press conference rooms _ would be extremely limited in any return to play.
What I've seen today indicates that the NHL wants the Eastern teams in Toronto and the Western teams in Edmonton for TV purposes. But nothing is official yet. Without fans in the stands, there is next to no home-ice advantage other than being more familiar with the rink, which isn't much of thing.
The NHL has a pension plan for retired players. I'm far from an expert on this, but I think it's a maximum of $45,000 annually (U.S. dollars) is you've played at least 160 games. If you've been in the league 10 years and wait until you're 62 to collect, it's $255,000 for life.
So you'd be cheering from home?
My understanding is that they will be in the bubble as well. It wouldn't make sense to have them out of the bubble, and risk the infection of everyone else at that hub city.
Yes, "collect." Appreciate the editing job. I will go back into the orignal answer and correct it for those reading the chat later. Thanks!
He's earned the right to open the Round of 16, don't you think?
Every other day certainly makes sense for the play-in games. Do you also play the round-robin games that day, meaning you'd have a triple-header _ except for any play-in series that go beyond three games?
A good question, but what happens in training camp, a preseason game or two, and the round-robin is a pretty small sample size. I can't see Binnington being that "terrible" in such a short time frame.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least.. As you know, every Stanley Cup playoff is unpredictable and I think this year potentially will be even more unpredictable given the unique circumstances. Yes, having to win five series will be grueling. But the players have been off since March 11. That should help. Plus, an overlooked facet of the hub city concept is there will be no travel _ at least until the Stanley Cup Final (for one team). Once teams fly in for the start of the hub city experience, they are there until they are eliminated. (Or potentially have to go to the other hub city for the Cup final.) There will be much less wear and tear from travel.
Our chatters think of everything. How about each team lines up at its respective blue line, and gives stick taps to the opposition?
Again, nothing is official yet. But if the Eastern Conference teams play in Toronto and the Western Conference teams play in Edmonton, it's believed that the Maple Leafs and Oilers will have to stay in the "bubble" and won't be able to go home.
I think we're mid October. A nice cool, crisp autumn day for a stroll down Market Street. What say ye?
Well, he'd have to fit into the 50-person limit per team in the hub city. Bouwmeester was born in Edmonton but I think he stays closer to Calgary in the offseason, and beyond that, near the foothills of the Rockies. But he's certainly close enough to be on the bench if so desired.
Don't know if anything's been decided there. But if that's the case, the common-sense thing would be to just take the teams that finished with the No. 8 to No. 15-worst points percentages in the regular season _ you know the eight teams that wouldn't have been in the playoffs if the field weren't expanded to 24 teams _ and have them draw for the No. 1 pick.