Park MGM hasn’t reopened and MGM doesn’t plan to until occupancy picks up at their other properties. This would actually bring more people back to work just to support the NHL which is why Vegas has always made sense. Not to mention T Mobile area which is partially owned and operated by... you guessed it... MGM Resorts. No brainer.The league is ramping up phase 2. Starting today, the small group workout limits are expanding from 6 players to 12 players.
Lebrun has a piece up on the Athletic about the Hub’s. Nothing is finalized but it does seem to be that they are leaning Vegas and Vancouver with Edmonton and Toronto still closest in pursuit, with Chicago and LA long shots. Apparently the cases spike in Nevada hasn’t cooled them off Vegas and they are at least saying that they think Vegas can create the tightest bubble. IIRC, the Park MGM is the resort closest to T-Mobile arena. Are they going to shut that whole thing down, casino and all, to everyone outside of the NHL? Sure, a resort like that would have all the amenities they need, but how are they going to prevent players and staff who are there for 2-3 months from talking a walk down the strip and going to a restaurant or casino outside the bubble? I also feel like if they do takeover the Park MGM they’d be putting a lot of the casino and resort workers out of work for the duration of the tournament. That’s got to be a huge financial burden.
Edmonton is trailing Vancouver because of the living arraignments. Apparently in Edmonton they’d have to use 3 hotels...which aren’t of the same quality. They need ~600 rooms at the start for the 12 teams since teams are limited to a hub party of 50. Vancouver has a 500 room hotel 400 yards from the arena so they can get almost everyone in there for the play-in.
He doesn’t have much on Toronto’s bid but the league is worried about the Toronto bubble being too loose. The only thing it really has going is being in the Eastern time zone.
They like LA’s ability to create a bubble around the Staples Center but the players have tax concerns. Chicago doesn’t have an ideal infrastructure around the United Center. I’ve never been there, but it seems the hotels they need aren’t all that close.
Or anywhere at all.The only thing that actually makes sense from a health perpsective is not to do it in the US at all.
I think that's the main reason but not the only reason.
I don’t think next season was starting until January regardless. They need the TV revenue in August or September or they could be in serious financial peril.Or anywhere at all.
I just don't get this. The 2019-2020 season is ruined. Doing this, in addition to putting people's health at risk, delays next season as well.
Is it only 3 years in the NHL after last game, not 5? He played last in 2017. I don't think the under contract part matters.I don't understand how Hossa is eligible despite being under contract with an NHL team.
I have to assume that means if they can't complete the entire playoff. Imagine winning the play-in, losing your lottery ticket, and then no one wins the cup?This is dumb. If they can’t complete the play-in, they will just have the lowest teams draw for #1 instead of just re-doing it.