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.
10 per cent of next season’s salary deferred; language for right to opt-out of Return to Play. Also, NHL fought for changes to contract structure — limits on signing bonuses and less salary fluctuation on a year-to-year basis. We’ll see how that looks.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2020
Since this is all being worked out, it follows that training camps will also be delayed.
Of course, there’s plenty of obstacles to navigate in the meantime. Nothing is set in stone. But there’s a scenario where this unfolds pretty quickly.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2020
Nothing is a done deal yet but with hub cities selected, it’s only a matter of time.