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The NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL's return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play.

2020-05-23 4:56:00 AM

BREAKING: The NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL’s return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play.

The NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL's return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play.

May 22, 2020, 9:54 PMThe NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL’s return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play.“The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup,” a statement from the NHLPA said. “Several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.​”

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Under the proposed framework, as reported by Elliotte Friedman Wednesday, the top four seeds — based on points percentage — in the East and the West qualify for the post-season. The next eight teams in each conference will compete in a best-of-five play-in series, with the winners going on to face each conference’s top seeds.

Both the top four in the West and the top four in the East would be given a bye from competing in this play-in tournament but would play games against each other before the playoffs begin.In the Eastern Conference, the opening round will play out like this:

• 5. Pittsburgh vs. 12. Montreal (winner plays four seed)• 6. Carolina vs. 11. Rangers (winner plays three seed)• 7. Islanders vs. 10. Florida (winner plays two seed)• 8. Toronto vs. 9. Columbus (winner plays one seed)And the Western Conference opening round shakes out as follows:

• 5. Edmonton vs. 12. Chicago (winner plays four seed)• 6. Nashville vs. 11. Arizona (winner plays three seed)• 7. Vancouver vs. 10. Minnesota (winner plays two seed)• 8. Calgary vs. 9. Winnipeg (winner plays one seed)Once the play-in tournament has concluded, the playoffs will be “bracketed” — similar to what is done in the NCAA tournament — meaning any of the top-four teams in the East or West could actually end up facing the lowest remaining seed following the play-in round. For example, the No. 4 seed could face No. 12 Montreal (in the event the Canadiens pulled off an upset over No. 5 Pittsburgh), while the No. 1 seed would be left with the winner of No. 8 Toronto vs. No. 9 Columbus.

While having an agreed upon playoff framework is a meaningful step forward, there are other critical elements that would still have to be ironed out such as testing protocols, visas and whether or not the league intends to use hub cities.The NHL is still without a firm timeline for when it will be able to resume activities after having its season paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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fan960lou Ah yes we’ve authorized you teams to discuss the idea 😂 Not gonna happen, we’ve become highly risk averse, any little wrinkle will pose a setback & there will be plenty of wrinkles, without the unlikelihood of our society completely changing its current medieval demeanor this has no chance

UPDATE: The NHLPA Executive Committee has authorized further negotiations on 24-team return to play format. I still don’t know if it’s worth trying to finish the season. Tons of players have families and having to get up and move somewhere for a few months will be a challenge. This is not happening KReeseGretzky Oh thank Christ

If theres going to be no fans we'll get to hear every obscenity they hurl at eachother. NHL playoffs: rated R. aWYNNING Wooo null and void 👍👍🤛 As much as I want this to happen, The Stanley Cup will be awarded with an Asterisk. Teams are not what they were early March and the players are nowhere ready or at that level. To me, the season should be a wash, new season start in fall and be done with this season.

Still no date. Interesting. Kinda makes you question all the breathless coverage reopening has been getting over the last few months doesn't it? noidea COVIDー19 richarddeitsch Are they 7 game series ? How is this an agreement. all they said is they need to negotiate more ? Habs are in the playoffs! June 1st?

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AP source: NHLPA board voting on 24-team playoff format to returnThe NHL Players' Association's executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return to play format, a person with knowledge of the situation tells the Associated Press.

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