Yesterday, the NHL released another statement regarding the relative future of the 2019-2020 season. It didn’t really clarify much other than allowing for players to travel home and self-quarantine there. It also gave a cursory outline for players to return to some sort of action.
Obviosuly, the NHL would like to open facilities to the players to continue training to remain in game shape. This could happen within a week or maybe within 3 weeks. Who knows? They’d also like to open a training camp within 45 days.
NHL teams have been told that it will be at least one full week — and perhaps longer — before they can reopen facilities for players to do small-group skates/workouts.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 15, 2020
Of course, not all hockey leagues operate like the NHL. The AHL made a difficult decision to end the season now instead of waiting it out. The logistics of continuing the season were far too much with teams having limited control of scheduling within their arenas, and travel and accomodation issues. Many affiliates are not owned by billionaires or even hundred-millionaires, so prospects for their workers, beyond the players, being paid is very slim.
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) March 16, 2020
Speaking of billionaires, after some pressure from fans, nearly every owner in the NHL has pledged to pay their arena and concessions workers. Well, all but Jeremy Jacobs, owner of Delaware-North, which owns both the Bruins and TD Garden along with concessions for many arenas across many sports.
The Bruins are officially the only team in the NHL to not announce a plan to pay concessions workers & other arena staff. Their owner is worth $3.6 billion and literally made his money via concessions. Fucking disgraceful https://t.co/ymeIzUzUjh
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 17, 2020
Let’s end on some good notes:
- Patrice Bergeron has a message for all Bruins fans.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 16, 2020
- Up in Ottawa, where shelves are being cleared in a buying panic, Senators fans refuse to buy these tissues.
Scene from an Ottawa store, where they refuse to buy Toronto Maple Leafs tissues 😂 pic.twitter.com/xIjEEPmluB
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) March 16, 2020
- NESN has the cure for your Bruins withdrawal.
Bruins Nation, we hear you too. We will also have nightly Best of @NHLBruins 🤙
Let’s get through this together, New England. pic.twitter.com/Ig50gvzUsn
— NESN (@NESN) March 16, 2020
Tomorrow, we will tackle the many proposed playoff scenarios that are flying around Twitter and beyond.