Morning Free Association: Playoffs?

Yeah, I said it, playoffs.

The NHL was nearing completion of it’s 2019-2020 regular season with most teams having played 68-70 games when the pause was enacted. When the league is able to resume, it is uncertain whether or not they will actually complete the final regular season games or scratch that and start the playoffs.

With nothing else to write about, like games, and with virtually no access to players at this point, media types are trying to figure out how the rest of the season and post-season will turn out.

At ESPN, the various NHL types have their own ideas as to what the NHL should do. Some think teams should all play up to the 71 game mark. Others think that as the standings are now teams should be ranked by win percentage or the 1-8 as they are in each conference. Should there be a play in for some teams? Should the playoffs be expanded beyond 8 teams?

There’s an idea from Igor Eronko about an expanded field of 24 teams, with a round of teams vying to get in and some teams getting early byes because they were really good in the regular season so far. Ugh, so much teams.

Then there’s a player-devised schedule to finish the season and the playoffs along with a radical change to the 2020 league year.

According to Frank Seravalli, it makes sense for players who are mindful that they need to be in game shape to play well and during this time of social distancing and closure of team facilities, players don’t have access to everything they need to be ready.

But the players’ plan seems to check a lot of boxes.

1) This plan allows players and teams time to properly prepare, taking stress off athletes who feel the pull to continue to train at a time that it is not safe to congregate at the rink. It also allows for a defined “off-season” which would be March through June.

2) Waiting would minimize the possibility of the NHL returning in fits and starts – for instance, if the NHL attempted to return in May or June and then a player or team staff member tested positive for COVID-19 during that process.

3) A July return would allow the NHL to properly market hockey’s return and maximize revenue to be recouped, since hockey could likely then be played in full arenas. NHL players aren’t keen on the idea of being awarded the Stanley Cup in an empty rink. But this would also give players and teams two runs at Lord Stanley inside 10 months.

4) Perhaps most significantly, this schedule would seem to preserve the integrity of the Stanley Cup. That is what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned in an interview on TSN 1050 Radio on Monday.

Since NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is leaving nothing off the table, this could be a system that works without disrupting too much, gives players time off, and finishes up the current season. It would be interesting to see how it affects scheduling for the next one should the season start in November.

Expect a lot of back-to-backs in 2020-2021.

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Quaider4ever
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No game thread???

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Some old hockey on nesn

Satan 81's Sister
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Second job closed down for the time being. Two whole weekend days off is going to be weird.

Stripes
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Many group paddling adventures cancelled!!! We are still boating in smaller groups!!

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Morning all. Still chugging away.

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Trokhin is drunk!

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I’ve never seen anyone puke clear liquid before.

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Hi folks.

Interesting proposal from the players. I just hope it’s not too optimistic to expect to get back to normal by late July.

Starting next season in November, maybe they’ll reduce the schedule? Or maybe play more divisional games?

Poor Leah (aka Little Bear). She was supposed to take her Grade One singing exam tomorrow. Been studying for it about two months. That got cancelled yesterday.

Also at her school there is an annual three-day trip for the Year 5 kids where they go off and do various outdoor activities. She’s literally been looking forward to.it half her life. It was due to start next Monday, but they cancelled that too yesterday.

Ho hum. She’s taking it well.

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Awww, poor kid. I remember looking forward to high-profile class trips a year in advance.
Glad she’s handling it well.

Satan 81's Sister
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Awww….so sad for Little Bear! Hopefully the Year 5 kids can do something when all this settles down.

Stripes
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Aww, we have a whitewater trip for Lil Bear, when you get her over here!!

Quaider4ever
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Goood Morning!!!
Social distanced my ass up to the hills yesterday. Back under the truck today!
Had some much needed river therapy Monday afternoon. Still have lots of reading to do. Problem is, I practice social distancing on a daily basis…. I need to talk to people!!!
Hang in there, friends!!

The London Bear
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That’s good you can still get on the river. I guess keeping 2 metres apart is usual practice when you’re paddling!

Stripes
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Ha ha!! My buddy gave me a big bear hug!!! Dude!!

Give me Corona AND give me death!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Social distancing?
I’m Gen-X, I was born for this moment!

I’m a little jealous of your hike. We had sloppy snow/rain, so I didn’t even go out for my morning take-out coffee. I’m looking forward to crawling around the nearby park, as soon as my sore knee heals up, in spite of the ‘bridge of death’

Ok, it’s more “the bridge of fucking up your ankles and dropping your ass into a muddy stream”, but whatever.