Morning Free Association: So Your League Has Been Suspended

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It’s been a few days since virtually all sports have shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. While it is uncertain how the NHL will handle the remainder of the year, we now know that some leagues like the ECHL have just opted to end the season, pay players one more paycheck, and be done with it. This is a harsh reality for the players since they don’t make much money already and now will make less due to their season being over.

The AHL hasn’t determined their course of action yet but it will likely not be the same as the parent clubs in the NHL. Logistics are a huge issue. Apparently, whatever happens, the players will be paid.

As for the NHL, there is uncertainty with how to proceed long-term. The league has requested the following:

  • players self-quaratine in their club’s cities; recently traded players with families can travel back as long as they advise the team
  • players refrain from using team facilities unless undergoing treatments for injuries
  • players do not participate in informal skates
  • players that have symptoms of the coronavirus should contact the team’s Medical Director or Head Trainer who will contact the team’s infectious disease specialist, who will determine the next steps
  • players should contact the team if they’ve been in contact with an infected person

NHL executives are still trying to figure out when it will be safe for players to gather, train, and practice. There is talk of having a mini-training camp before games resume.

For now the league is supended indefinitely. And indefintely might be a long time.

On Sunday, the CDC has recommended, but not required, that all gatherings of people more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks. Yes, that puts us into the second week of May. I’m pretty sure all hockey games, even those played by the lowly Detroit Red Wings have a live auidence of more than 50 people.

That is going to suck. Do the games start with remaining slate of games or with playoffs? Do they abbreviate the rounds or alter the playoffs in any way to accomodate the unexpected break? Do they even continue on with the season at all, not awarding the Stanley Cup for the first time since the 2004-2005 lockout?

They have to continue play even if it’s without live audiences at first. The Cup needs a new victor.

Until then, we’re going to have to figure out other things to do.

Remember, Zdeno Chara misses you! He wants nothing but the best for you.

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

What if we have to start hunting for food??? Where do beer and Doritos live???

Satan 81's Sister
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Also, what was with Anaheim randomly putting someone on waivers?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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“We’re going to shut down all hockey and hockey-related business activity for the next 8 weeks until we get updated guidance from the league.

But fuck Keifer.”

–Anaheim Ducks H.C.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Had a dream last night it was Bruins Opening Night and I got to help raise a banner and I think I really miss sports. lol

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning on March 17 and effective until April 6.

Just in case there’s any doubt. No hockey happening in Boston anytime soon.

So the town opened up a path in the park that technically is across the street from our home. There’s a swamp and a pond out there, but there hadn’t been a path because
A. swamp
B. no-one actually knew where the park’s tiny sliver of street frontage was between 2 of my neighbors’ yards.

I’d considered cutting a path through on my own, because I wanted to try skating the pond, but the spot I was looking to pick would have been through someone’s private property.

I finally took a walk through – it’s mostly pretty nice. They’ve put pressure-treated wooden bridges through the wet spots. Except for one glaring goof-up. There’s a gully where they put a tiny platform at the bottom to ford the stream, but It’s 4 feet below the forest floor, with steep and muddy sides. I may end up fixing it on my own just to make it safe.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Good Morning? Welcome to a taste of post apocalyptic future!!! Of course, this is nothing like the hysteria that would happen with a true apocalypse. That would be craaaaaazy!!!!
Spent some time up north, I did show up for Jo at the airport yesterday. Glad she’s home. I have five or six books to read, but now….OUR LIBRARY CLOSED!!!! Nooooo!ll!! That’s my sanctuary! Everything is suspended indefinitely now….. hoping that doesn’t include my pay!!! I’m just getting used to regular pay!!
Leaving a case of Corona on the porch…. Please inoculate before entering!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

 have five or six books to read, but now….OUR LIBRARY CLOSED!!!! Nooooo!ll!! That’s my sanctuary! 

Mrs Bear got a kindle for Christmas. I’m very much pro-books and anti-kindle, but got to admit it has its advantages. Especially when you’re reading a 1000-page book!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Jo is a kindle person. I need to feel paper and smell ink!!!! I buy two copies of every book… in case I want to read it twice!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’d been using Audible book reader, because I just don’t spend the time on reading at home.
Even when I do read, it’s easy stuff like Harry Potter or Tolkein because I can bang through something like that super-quickly without committing myself for a long time.
I got a bunch of political books recently, and I get a little ways into them and then I put them down & don’t get back to them.

With the books on mp3, I can just spend 20-30 minutes listening during each commute. Now that I’m working from home, I am in a conundrum.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I can relate to that. I love reading but pretty much only do it on my commute.

I’ve been making an effort though to fit in some time during the day – often early morning.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning all.

Worrying times. How is the world going to cope with everything shut down, as seems increasingly likely? And when are they going to decide to open things up again? Who will make those decisions? So many unknowns!

I actually managed to buy some toilet roll this morning (only two 4-packs, I’m not irresponsible!). However, the beer aisle was decidedly barren …

They have to continue play even if it’s without live audiences at first. The Cup needs a new victor

Yeah, I can certainly see the league starting up again behind closed doors. Just a case of when. Hopefully some good news will come soon. Stay safe all.