And I’m not saying to be cynical: it’s normal. Gary Bettman must dealer with a virus which it does not know the scope of and which evolves differently in each of its markets.
This is why the city of Vancouver, which had been chosen, was ultimately rejected.
But according to what is currently circulating, it is to be expected that two Canadian cities (Edmonton and Toronto, therefore) will be the big winners in order to be the host country for the return of hockey this summer.
All indications pointing to a “Made in Canada” for the Hubs.
Amongst other things, the increased virus cases in 36 states, have Edmonton and Toronto has the hub cities for the NHL.
– John Shannon (@JShannonhl) June 30, 2020
It must be said that Canada has much better ways of controlling the virus than its neighbor to the south. To the States, it is difficult to stop the spread of the virus since many states are inactive.
And that can scare the NHL.
That’s why Vegas’s bid, once considered so strong, wouldn’t be as exceptional as it used to be.
For the first time in more than a month, sounds like Vegas is no longer a frontrunner to host an #NHL hub city. Spike in COVID-19 numbers in Vegas appears to have put a damper on their bid.
Ace @TSNBobMcKenzie reported, very possible both hubs cities are in Canada 🇨🇦: TOR and EDM
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 30, 2020
So it’s still the official announcement, but that’s what’s going around a lot today.
Obviously, it is questionable why, under the circumstances, the cities were not announced. After all, it’s starting to be time right?
It is not so simple.
By midnight tonight, the NHL intends to organize to have a stimulus package ready for release. Why? Because tomorrow, July 1, the players’ contracts would have expired.
– What’s holding up the hub city announcement
– Potential that both hub cities could be in Canada 🇨🇦
– How this affects Return to Play timeline & why time is of the essence
– TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 30, 2020
Could the NHL take the opportunity to advertise everything at once? We are talking here about the renewal of the agreement, the formalization of the recovery plan in connection with Phases 3 and 4 (including a date for the start of the camp), the two host cities, etc.
It might be the plan.
That’s why we have to expect the news we all are waiting for tonight.
Let’s not forget that everything can change quickly, but as Bob McKenzie said, big guys know that time is running out against them. A decision must be announced shortly to start the process.
A lot of
Orr tabs Crosby as top-5 player in NHL history: ‘Sid belongs on that list’ https://t.co/SdBAL1Yafw pic.twitter.com/P0s4DONU70
– theScore NHL (@theScoreNHL) June 30, 2020
– I think so.
“It is a recognition long overdue” https://t.co/70e5ZUY4l7
– TVASports (@TVASports) June 30, 2020
– Who would say yes?
The Senators could offer choices # 3 and # 5 for Alexis Lafrenière… 😳➡️ https://t.co/eY0BknKFsN pic.twitter.com/31cccDQexi
– 91.9 Sports (@ 919sports) June 30, 2020
– How many lives does he have?
Dianna Russini of ESPN denied the rumor that had been circulating since the start of the day. https://t.co/lsAJAjQZ1e
– Attitude Football (@Attitude_FB) June 30, 2020
– No season in baseball minors: it will hurt.
Milb president Pat O’Conner said it could take some teams 2-3 years to make up for the financial losses of this season
– Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 30, 2020