NHL finalizes more details in its return to play plan
The NHL has finalized more details of its return to play plan, further clarifying a 24-team format the league will use if it gets the green light to finish the 2019-20 season later this summer.All four rounds of the playoffs will be a best-of-seven series; only the qualifying round will be a best-of-five.Matchups for each round of the playoffs will be based on seeding, with the highest remaining seed in each conference facing off against the lowest remaining seed and so on.Last week, the NHL officially ended the regular season that was paused March 12 by the coronavirus pandemic and introduced...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Restricted free agent Robby Fabbri 'couldn't be happier' with Red Wings, wants to stay
DETROIT — Robby Fabbri has been through this before. Twice, actually. So Fabbri understands how to get through a long period of time without playing hockey.Fabbri suffered serious knee injuries to his left ACL, during consecutive years in 2017-18, which cost Fabbri 20 months of hockey during rehabilitation.No hockey, no skating. So now, as the pandemic has snuffed the Red Wings’ season, and pushed back next season until December or January, Fabbri knows to handle the pause better than most.“I was off for quite a while,” Fabbri told The Detroit News, talking about his knee woes from February 20...
The Detroit News
For now, Blackhawks can look forward to NHL playoffs. After that, they have pivotal roster decisions to make.
CHICAGO — When and where the NHL will restart this summer has yet to be determined, but the how has been established.There will be a 24-team postseason — which will include the Chicago Blackhawks — and the league is determining which cities will host the games should workouts get the green light to resume.But even with the league under lockdown since March, teams have carried on with personnel plans, and that includes the Hawks.Once this season is officially over, do they rebuild or retool?The Hawks started in earnest in April with contract extensions for goalie Kevin Lankinen and winger Matth...
Evander Kane calls on more high-profile athletes to speak out; Sharks owner shows his support
Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday called on high profile athletes, especially white superstars in the NHL and other team sports, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week and other racial injustices that have happened in the past.“We need so many more athletes that don’t look like me speaking out about this, having the same amount of outrage that I have inside, and using that to voice their opinion, to voice their frustration. Because that’s the only way it’s going to change,” Kane said on “First Take” on ESPN.“We’ve been outraged for hundreds of years, ...
The Mercury News
Mike Sielski: Given the Flyers' tortured history, this would be the perfect year for them to win the Stanley Cup
PHILADELPHIA — It has been more than 18 years since the moment that it became fair and natural to ask: How many ways can the Flyers not win the Stanley Cup? When exactly was that moment? Probably sometime after the goaltender started screaming at his teammates and those teammates started firing pucks at his head in retaliation.This was the spring of 2002, and the Flyers were 27 years into what is now a 45-year run of championship-lessness, and though it felt like they had already exhausted every possible reason or excuse for falling short, Roman Cechmanek was happy to crank up the absurdity kn...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Benjamin Hochman: Blues-Blackhawks in playoffs? Could happen, as could variety of zany things in NHL's proposed postseason.
ST. LOUIS — It’s the third period of a tied Game 7 in the Blues’ first-round series, and it’s so quiet, you could hear a puck drop.But no one is there to hear it anyway, except for the refs, broadcasters and arena staff, and of course the Blues and their opponents: the Blackhawks.On March 12, the Blackhawks had only a 2.5% chance of making the playoffs.Oh, and the game is being played in Columbus.All of this — or some of this — could actually happen in the proposed playoff format by the National Hockey League. Everyone’s got an argument about something regarding how hockey will be played. But ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bradford William Davis: There's an essential difference between 'essential workers' and athletes
NEW YORK — The concept of an essential worker is simple enough for an average Joe to comprehend. They are laborers who provide services so critical to society’s most basic needs, their absence would immediately compromise our ability to live.Grocery baggers and stockers continue to work so you can get food when you’re hungry. Doctors, nurses and cleaning crews show up every day in case you get sick, especially when everyone is getting sick. The police patrol the streets so the wrong kinds of people stay away from the Central Park Bramble.But if a beloved major sport came back tomorrow, few wou...
New York Daily News
Sam Carchidi: Mixed emotions about NHL's plan to return, but Flyers in a good position to make some noise
It’s good to finally be writing about NHL games that are on the horizon, but something still feels empty.It’s good to have plans for an NHL tournament, even if it is watered down and includes a Montreal team that had nine more losses than wins.It’s good that the Flyers, who were the NHL’s hottest team the last time we saw them, will have a chance to win their first Stanley Cup since 1975, but it’s sad fans won’t be allowed to sit in the Wells Fargo Center and make it percolate like in the unforgettable 2010 playoff run.Unlike me, most fans don’t have mixed emotions about hockey’s returning. Th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mac Engel: Shortening MLB, NBA, NHL seasons over COVID should mean champions get asterisks
FORT WORTH, Texas — Whether it’s the Lakers, Yankees, Bruins, LeBron or Trout, anything associated with this season comes with a mask, and an asterisk.It counts, but not all accomplishments are equal.While baseball does its typical routine of tripping over itself because of its inability to deal with its players’ union, hockey and basketball are progressing to return.Everyone is ready to just deal with it.On Tuesday afternoon, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced definitive plans for the league to start playing again. It last played on March 12 before shutting down due to the coronavirus.Th...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jeff Blashill will return for sixth season as Red Wings coach, Steve Yzerman says
DETROIT – Jeff Blashill will return as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.General manager Steve Yzerman said on his season-ending Zoom meeting with the media Wednesday that Blashill would return for a sixth season with the Wings.Blashill, 46, took over in 2015-16 and took the Wings to the playoffs, where they lost to Tampa Bay in the first round.But the Wings have missed the playoffs the last four seasons and bottomed out this season, with the league’s worst record (17-49-5).Blashill is 153-194-52 in his career with the Wings.Yzerman said his thoughts on Blashill haven’t changed since Februar...
The Detroit News