After announcing on Thursday the start date for training camps, the NHL still need to sort out some open questions regarding resumption of the play and one of them is the locations of hub cities for the 24-team tournament. As it was announced in May, the league will select two cities which will host 12 teams each - one for the Eastern conference and another for the Western Conference. The preliminary list including ten cities was released shortly after publishing the information about the NHL’s Return to Play plan and emerged as a favourite from the beginning. Yesterday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the NHL will announce their selection of Vegas as one of the cities by June 22.
Vegas will be a hub city for NHL playoff games and we should expect the official announcement before June 22.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 13, 2020
The other depends on how the Canadian government chooses to enforce the 14-day quarantine for those entering the country. (@reporterchris)https://t.co/JDL9NuFIqG
The NHL still prefer to have a Canadian city as the second hub city but it depends on the decision by the Canadian government. The sides are currently discussing possible exceptions from the Canadian federal law requiring a quarantine for people entering the country and adding the NHL facilities, where players can practice, to a quarantine zone. According to Sportsnet, Toronto is the preferred destination. Tampa wasn’t originally included in the preliminary list.
Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins released the statement confirming that all players reported for Phase 2 have tested negative for COVID-19. An unnamed player who tested positive before has also returned two negative tests and remains asymptomatic
There wasn’t much about the Tampa Bay Lightning in the latest edition of Elliotte Friedman’s of 31 Thoughts, however Friedman mentioned that we should not expect a lot surprises from the potential Lightning’s roster for Phase 3 and 4.
31 Thoughts: some serious, some fun. Enjoy. https://t.co/o6RUIhIzAX— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 11, 2020
Lightning radio play-by-play broadcaster Dave Mishkin had a chat with a Lightning TV play-by-play broadcaster Rick Peckham who announced earlier that this season will be his last as a broadcaster.
Tampa Bay Lightnings owner Jeff Vinik is going through a divorce with his wife Penny. Per the Executive Vice President of the Lightning Bill Wickett, Jeff Vinik’s business interests, including the Tampa Bay Lightning, won’t be affected
Penny Vinik seeks divorce from Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik https://t.co/UQU8EoBFC2— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) June 12, 2020
Head coach of the Syracuse Crunch Ben Groulx has reviewed Cal Foote’s second year with the team.
“More mature in his game. I think better reads on the ice.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) June 12, 2020
Head Coach Ben Groulx talks about Cal Foote’s second pro season. pic.twitter.com/Ov9uv1Wn1T