Were the season to resume any time soon, two top players in the league, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, are fine with the idea of skipping straight to the playoffs. While they both understand that players on other teams still vying for a playoff birth with those remaining 12-14 regular season games may want to continue on that path, they just want to move on.
The Chief Medical Officer of the NHL, Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, warns against resuming play too early since no one knows how long the coronavirus outbreak will last and that getting people together to watch and play seems like a bad idea at this point. Bill Daley, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, announced last week that the self-quarantine order for players is extended to April 4th.
One other concern is running the season too long, which conflicts with the start of next season. With teams providing arena availability through August, that means that sheets of ice that already break down in May and June will be in even worse shape by July and August. Sloppy ice leads to bad hockey and potential injury.
I hope that the season doesn’t get end up going that long once play resumes. It’s either that or this special Bruins team missing out on a cup run a year after nearly winning it. I guess we have to hope that hockey will return by May.