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On 8/13/2020 at 2:48 PM, King Heffy said:

Canucks would be fighting against this hard due to the time zone difference.  We would be at a huge disadvantage.

 

13 hours ago, stawns said:

the NHLPA won't allow players to play in the US right now, imo.

 

I'm just throwing it out there as a potential option.  Clearly, no matter which option the league decides to consider or pursue, there will be technical hurdles or protestations by the teams that the league will need to overcome, and the teams would need to compromise on.  There won't be any one option that all the teams will fully embrace, including playing within security bubbles or a full league shutdown.

 

The concern about the PA not allowing players to play in the States is probably a harder one to overcome than the time-zone difference argument.  The 60 or so games we'd likely be playing under such an arrangement for the affected season(s) would be half abroad and half home, meaning that every Canadian team playing outside of their province would likely be dealing with the time zone differences in some way; there would not be a bubble requirement until the playoffs.  Letting the American teams and their players fester in that cesspool of coronavirus infestation while ensuring their health and safety is much harder to find a solution for, unless they themselves choose to sequester themselves into security bubbles for the regular season games.

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11 minutes ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

 

 

I'm just throwing it out there as a potential option.  Clearly, no matter which option the league decides to consider or pursue, there will be technical hurdles or protestations by the teams that the league will need to overcome, and the teams would need to compromise on.  There won't be any one option that all the teams will fully embrace, including playing within security bubbles or a full league shutdown.

 

The concern about the PA not allowing players to play in the States is probably a harder one to overcome than the time-zone difference argument.  The 60 or so games we'd likely be playing under such an arrangement for the affected season(s) would be half abroad and half home, meaning that every Canadian team playing outside of their province would likely be dealing with the time zone differences in some way; there would not be a bubble requirement until the playoffs.  Letting the American teams and their players fester in that cesspool of coronavirus infestation while ensuring their health and safety is much harder to find a solution for, unless they themselves choose to sequester themselves into security bubbles for the regular season games.

All of our road games will be in a different timezone.  Contrast to the Alberta teams with at least one other team in their time zone, and the Ontario teams with 2, and we're in a huge hole, especially given it's harder to go from West-East than the other way for most people.  I'm pretty happy the NHLPA is putting their foot down and not endangering the players by agreeing to play in a disease-ridden country with substandard health care.

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1 hour ago, grandmaster said:

Where there is a will, there is a way. 
 

My suggestion is that they have repeated breaks once it kicks off for everyone to spend time with their families. Something like after every month, folks get week off? 

And then would need 10-14ish days to quarantine to account for that with frequent testing. It would pretty much be one month on, one month off excluding any who test COVID Positive. 
 

Add in any other potential quarantine or isolation protocals from where they then go to and it’s probably not workable.

 

there will be a way to do it logistically - it’s whether practically it’s feasible 

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  • 2 weeks later...

1) 4 hub cities for all 4 divisions.   Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.

 

2) 42 game season where all teams only play teams within their division.   Baseball style format where you play a series against the same team for ‘x’ number of games.

 

3) After the 21st game, there is a ‘x’ number of days break where players fly back to their homes.   After the break, they come back, quarantine, hold a few days of practice, and re-start.

 

4) The last 21 games take place in the same way, and the same break protocol takes place at the conclusion of the season.   After the quarantine period and a few practices, each team gets one exhibition game before the playoffs start.  The playoffs will consist of traditional conference rankings done in the same way that it’s done now.   Playoffs will consist of 2 hub cities for each conference.

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