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NHL Owners To Hold Conference Call, Another Senators’ Player Tests Positive

It was revealed that another Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, the NHL owners are holding a conference call Monday to talk money.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, NHL owners will be holding a conference call this coming Monday to deal with financial issues and concerns facing the NHL as the delay due to the Coronavirus continues. As financial losses are estimated to be anywhere between $500 million and $1 billion for the NHL, clearly the owners need to know how things will move forward and if there’s a way to recoup some of their losses.

Earlier this week, Dreger noted during a segment of Insider Trader, that NHL owners are growing increasingly concerned. What looks likely to be the end of the regular season, further delays could mean the end of any hopes for the 2019-20 NHL playoffs. Things are not at the point yet, but the owners are thinking about contingency plans already.

Monday’s upcoming call will try to tackle concerns, including board financial projections and possibilities, CBA options and contingency financial planning.

Among the topics potentially being discussed are the possibility of compliance buyouts that were used to help teams back in 2013 and 2014.

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Playoff Scenario Conversations?

Pierre LeBrun also noted that a number of NHL teams are coming to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman with ideas for playoff formats. Not coincidentally, most of the ideas being pitched are being pitched by teams on the playoff bubble as of today’s date.

At this point, LeBrun notes that no one idea is being leaned towards by the NHL.

The pause in action on the NHL continues to see a lot more questions come up than answers. This trend is likely to roll along as more and more cases of COVID-19 are found to have hit athletes and fans. Another player from the Ottawa Senators tested positive today. His name has not been divulged at this point.

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