Morning Free Association: Hub Cities Selected

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A couple of weeks back, or maybe it was last week, or perhaps even 33 years ago, we thought that Vegas was going to be announced as one of the hub cities when the NHL returns to play in Phase 4. However, it looks like that isn’t the case at all.

Word came on Twitter on Canada Day that Toronto and Edmonton were the selected cities for the tourney bubbles. It’s fitting that that came on Canada Day that two Canadian cities would get the honour. One can only imagine it’s due to the COVID-19 cases spiking again in areas of the United States. Vegas is located in a county that currently has an elevated risk of viral spread.

So what does this mean? It means that the Western Conference can play in Edmonton and the Eastern in Toronto. As Bruce Cassidy said yesterday, he likes his chances playing in Toronto.

Still, all of this is moot until the NHLPA and the NHL comes to terms and the players vote upon it. Essentially what happens is that a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has to be agreed upon since this is an unprecedented occurrence the old CBA doesn’t allow for. Since the delay in the season will affect future seasons along with the profit sharing aspect of the old CBA, new parameters must be discussed.

Since this is all being worked out, it follows that training camps will also be delayed.

Nothing is a done deal yet but with hub cities selected, it’s only a matter of time.

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Quaider4everwash
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So late to the show this morning!! Getaway day!!! Started early, finishing early. Jo has challenged me to game of disc golf. The course is at a brewery. Jo can’t have gluten….. She is a great strategist!!!
Toronto and Edmonton are fine. I had my heart set on Marlborough, MA. Plenty of ice, plenty of hotels, plenty of breweries … uh, er, work out facilities (12 ounce curls!), and Covid, shucks, we kicked it’s ass!!!

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At first, I was pretty pissed off that no U.S. cities were selected, but honestly, outside of New England, New York & New Jersey, I wouldn’t park my player assets in any U.S. city right now with the COVID threat. Some regions have just insane new transmission numbers right now. FL & TX are seeing >6000 new cases per day. AZ is seeing >4000 new cases/day mostly centered around Phoenix/Glendale. NV has comparatively low total numbers but their positive testing rate shot up to over 12% last week.

Interesting that they need to amend the CBA – but then again, the NHL’s plans have been quite weird and out of the ordinary. And of course, money is a sticking point. I’d guess that providing a playoff product keeps NBC & TSN from withholding the bulk of their broadcast $$.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s so frustrating. Obviously I’m not a doctor but it seems to me that if people are careful, keep good hygeine, social distance, wear masks, etc, then we can keep the infection controlled and live a relatively normal life. Unfortunately, thousands of people have to be jerks.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Nothing is a done deal yet but with hub cities selected, it’s only a matter of time

I hope you’re right. CBA negotiations aren’t known for their brevity! I didn’t understand much in that Tweet but return to Olympics I like.

Writing about motor racing today. Woohoo!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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The London Bear
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The London Bear

I’m looking forward to it more this year than usual. Think it’s probably because in mid-March I’m fully invested in hockey and winer sports.

This year, just starved of everything!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Front Porch Forum had a gem this morning:

Bull – Yours?
Hi Folks,
I found a lost animal…not a dog so go easy!
There was a bull in the woods by my house.
Dark, long tail and not looking for a human.
We tried tracking for a bit but gave up.

Also feel like something that would happen in Monrovia! lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

feel like something that would happen in Monrovia!

How far is it? He may have wandered off.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

About 140 miles! 3 hours by car, days and days on hoof.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Wow! Our bull made it to northern Vermont? Could be a lot of bull, not sure.