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NHL Looking at Host Cities For Unique Playoff Format

This week, on TSN’s Insider Trading, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun noted on the league is considering a “four city” playoff format.

This week, on TSN’s Insider Trading, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun noted on the league is considering a “four city” playoff format. Basically, the 16 teams who qualify for the playoffs will play to empty crowds in just four chosen cities across the league. 

He added, “the NHL keeps reiterating it is looking at all options, there are also expanded playoff scenarios being discussed (more than 16 teams) in a small number of centralized cities…” but this particular idea is interesting.

Who knows what cities the NHL might be considering at this stage, or if they’ve even gotten to that point, but part of what will undoubtedly go into the decision is which cities have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 virus, which cites have housing and places to keep players isolated, safe and close to the arena and which cities work for the NHL to get in and produce television, even if the arenas won’t have people in them.

Especially interesting, is one report from Shawn Simpson of TSN who notes, “The NBA is looking at Vegas as a quarantine site, to finish the NBA season. What could possibly go wrong? The NHL is talking about Saskatoon.”

Saskatoon is centralized in Canada and Canada hasn’t been hit as hard as the United States which makes sense on a number of levels. Still, the consensus, at this point, might be to just shut the season down and don’t take any unnecessary risks. Isolation periods keep getting pushed back, cities are going into extended lockdowns and the longer things delay, the most it could affect next season.

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