The NHL is nearer than ever to resuming play after the league and the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation reached a tentative settlement Sunday on protocols for the ultimate two phases of their joint Return to Play (RTP) plan, Phases 3 and 4.
It seems to be like gamers are simply days away from the beginning of coaching camps, which might be adopted by video games within the qualifying and seeding rounds forward of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The league and gamers should first ratify not solely the RTP plan but additionally a brand new collective bargaining settlement that might lengthen via the 2025-26 season. In accordance to a number of experiences, that would occur by the tip of the week.
Groups have been conducting restricted exercises since June underneath Part 2 of the RTP.
Listed below are the primary issues we know to this point about Phases 3 and 4 of the NHL’s return.
When will Part 3 start?
Part 3 (coaching camps) is scheduled to start July 13. Camps will start solely after the RTP and CBA plans are ratified by gamers the league’s Board of Governors. That course of may very well be accomplished this week.
How lengthy will NHL Part 3 final?
Part 3 will final about 2 1/2 weeks, from the beginning of coaching camps in dwelling cities to the beginning of Part 4 (video games) in bubble cities Toronto and Edmonton.
When will Part 4 start?
Part 4 might start as quickly as Aug. 1 if camps open July 13. Beneath that timeline, groups would report to the hub cities on July 26 and then full Part 3.
What number of gamers can be allowed to take part in Part 3 exercises?
Groups can have up to 30 skaters on the ice for coaching camp, in accordance to The Related Press. There isn’t a restrict on the quantity of goaltenders. Groups should inform the league by Friday, July 9, who can be taking part. Solely gamers who’re eligible to compete within the season’s resumption can take part in Part 3, TSN.ca’s Bob McKenzie famous.
How ceaselessly will NHL gamers be examined for COVID-19?
Gamers will want to take temperature and symptom exams day by day, at dwelling and on the coaching facility, in accordance to McKenzie.
How will the phases be affected if gamers take a look at optimistic?
Particular person optimistic exams possible will not cease play, per the AP; solely an outbreak would do this. The AP additionally reported that gamers will possible be remoted via the second spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Relations can be ready to be part of them for the convention finals, which can be held in one of many hub cities.
What will occur to a participant if he chooses not to play?
Gamers won’t be penalized in the event that they decide out of returning to the ice, however they need to notify their groups of that intention in writing by 5 p.m. ET July 7, in accordance to The Related Press. There can be one other deadline set in any case agreements have been ratified, the AP added.