With the NBA having made their decision on the 2020-21 season, all eyes are on the NHL and what they'll do for 2020-21.
Both leagues had successful bubbles which was quite impressive in keeping COVID-19 cases down and almost non-existent.
As of now the NBA will start on December 22 and it's expected the NHL will start on January 1.
Gary Bettman was on a conference call this week and gave some details regarding what will likely happen during the upcoming season.
The NHL is currently considering multiple mini bubbles where teams will play for a week or two and then go home for a bye week before heading to the next mini bubble.
“You’ll play for 10 to 12 days,” Commissioner Bettman said in a virtual panel discussion during the 2020 Paley International Council Summit. “You’ll play a bunch of games without traveling. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our testing protocols and all the other things you need.
“It’s not going to be quite as effective as a bubble, but we think we can, if we go this route, minimize the risks to the extent practical and sensible. And so that’s one of the things that we’re talking about.”
We've also heard the possibility of an all Canadian division and Bettman says it's likely with other division re-alignment to make travel easier.
“As it relates to the travel issue, which is obviously the great unknown, we may have to temporarily realign to deal with geography, and that may make sense, because having some of our teams travel from Florida to California may not make sense.
“It may be that we’re better off, particularly if we’re playing a reduced schedule, which we’re contemplating, keeping it geographically centric, more divisional based, and realigning, again on a temporary basis, to deal with the travel issues.”
Do you think the NHL will be able to pull these off?