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Hello everybody, this is Adam Gretz of Yardbarker. We are checking in today to talk about some potential contingency plans for the 2019-20 NHL season as well as the Stanley Cup Playoffs for when they're able to resume, and we hope they're able to resume soon.
There's a lot of uncertainty as to what the league will look like when it does come back, but there are a couple of ideas that have at least been floated out there for what we might be able to expect. One of the ideas that made some news was the thought of a 24-team playoff field, which would be an increase over the normal 16-team playoff field, and the way that would work is, they would take the standings as they are right now. They would put all 24 teams in the playoffs, and they would have the additional teams, teams 17 through 24, play a play-in round to set the normal field.
Now, the NHL has been toying with the idea of a play-in round for a while now — kind of similar to what baseball does with wild-card format. Not quite sure how it would work. Not quite sure how it would be received. But this would be an opportunity to maybe test that out and see if there is an appetite for it among fans and teams.
So we'll see what comes from that.
Another intriguing idea that surfaced on Tuesday night with a report from TSN that said, a group of NHL players — at this point it is just a brainstorming idea; it is not anything that has been officially presented to anyone.
But it is something players are talking about, and they're supposedly receptive to: starting the Stanley Cup Playoffs in August.
The way that would work is it would take all this time off now, while hopefully the pandemic situation around the globe starts to calm down a little bit, hopefully gets under control.
They would take this time lost. They would then return for a brief training camp in July, play a truncated regular season to finish out the schedule, get your normal 16-team playoff field and then they would start the postseason in August.
That would then allow for the Stanley Cup to be awarded the end of September.
Then you would have a very brief offseason where the NHL Draft and free agency would take place in October, and then the next season would start in November.
They would still play an 82-game season next year, which is very important to the league, and then that year's Stanley Cup would be handed out in late June.
It's definitely an intriguing idea. It's kind of bold.
The big problem is there would be the workload that some of these teams would have.
Any team that goes deep in the playoffs this season would have a very short offseason, followed by a very condensed full season the next year.
That is a lot of hockey games in a very short period of time, but it is something they are talking about.
We'll see where it goes.
Hopefully, very soon we get a chance to try one of these ideas with a resumed season.
My name is Adam Gretz. You can find my stuff over at Yardbarker.
Stay safe out there, and we will talk to you soon.
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