November NHL news

cshea

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So they're still working on getting the new season structure and format together. Looks like at the very least, due to travel, there will be a temporary realignment. Canada gets their own division and the rest are split up as best they can geographically. Wysh has the likely new divisions as:

Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver
East: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, New Jersey, NYR, NYI, Philly, Washington
Central: Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
West: Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Arizona, Dallas, Vegas, Minnesota, Colorado

The Bruins lose Florida and Canada, gain the Metro minus CBJ and Pittsburgh. Think that's break in our favor. Tampa and Toronto are better than anyone in the Metro, except for maybe Philly. Washington is always a shit show as everyone knows, but at least Holtby isn't there anymore. NYI is good but the Bruins have handled the Trotz Isles with ease over the past few seasons.
 

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So they're still working on getting the new season structure and format together. Looks like at the very least, due to travel, there will be a temporary realignment. Canada gets their own division and the rest are split up as best they can geographically. Wysh has the likely new divisions as:

Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver
East: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, New Jersey, NYR, NYI, Philly, Washington
Central: Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Tampa Bay, Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
West: Anaheim, San Jose, Los Angeles, Arizona, Dallas, Vegas, Minnesota, Colorado

The Bruins lose Florida and Canada, gain the Metro minus CBJ and Pittsburgh. Think that's break in our favor. Tampa and Toronto are better than anyone in the Metro, except for maybe Philly. Washington is always a shit show as everyone knows, but at least Holtby isn't there anymore. NYI is good but the Bruins have handled the Trotz Isles with ease over the past few seasons.
I really like the Bruins chances of coming out of the East in the 1 seed, if this holds true.

This would also seemingly eliminate having to go through TOR and TB again to get to the SCF (in'shallah).
 

biff_hardbody

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At what point do we start to worry about the 2021 NHL season not being played? It seems they are far behind the NBA in terms of announcements regarding the start of the season, and likely can't rely on the same TV revenue. I fear the smaller teams will be losing money having a season at all if there are no fans (or dramatically reduced capacity) which would incentivize those teams to push for not having a season at all. Am I being paranoid? No hockey right now sucks.
 

cshea

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They are haggling over money. They agreed on a new CBA back in July and oops owners now want more back from the players to get through the pandemic.


NHL is asking for more in deferral's in the short term, more escrow down the line. Probably needs to be settled in the next week or two to maintain a plausible 1/1/21 start. I think 82 games was never going to happen, but as we've seen with prior lockouts, they can get in 48+ if a season starts in mid to late January.

Based on the realignment floating around, they'll likely be playing in their own arena's and no bubbles, fans determined by local officials.

Edit: The owners deserve shit for agreeing to a new CBA, which included measures to get them through the pandemic, then 4 months later going back to the players with their hands out asking for money. That said, as Lebrun notes, asking for a deferral is better than looking to prorate.
 
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canderson

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Canadian just denied the NBA/Raptors plan to play ... not sure how the NHL can operate with all the Canadian teams needing US homes.
 

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Canadian just denied the NBA/Raptors plan to play ... not sure how the NHL can operate with all the Canadian teams needing US homes.
Well there are 7 Canadian teams, enough for them to create their own division and play themselves in the regular season. It doesn't sound like there will be a much, if there is any at all, non-divisional play in the regular season. Cross the post season bridge if/when we get there.
 

canderson

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Very true - but I, curios of provinces would allow it. Manitoba is in straight up lockdown and overwhelmed with COVID, for instance. But maybe they can do a Canada bubble difference.
 

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Very true - but I, curios of provinces would allow it. Manitoba is in straight up lockdown and overwhelmed with COVID, for instance. But maybe they can do a Canada bubble difference.
The only provinces that will allow this are the ones where the government wants to get re-elected...

In all seriousness, Canadian fans and media LOVE the “Canadian Division” concept.