With charter flights from Finland and Sweden ready to bring NHL players back to North America, great immigration is now upon us, so maintaining momentum towards a resumption of the season is a huge challenge.
It really boils down to a simple equation.
More players in their hometowns means a larger number will be tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis, and this is almost certain to be the result of more identified coronavirus cases in the NHL population.
This is before you consider anything else happening in the area where these games are going. There have been recent uprisings across the southern and western parts of the United States in particular, and Tampa Bay Lighting had to shut down their practice facilities for six days for positive testing of three players and a few staff members.
They reopen on Wednesday morning.
Among the 11 new cases announced by the NHL last weekend were Lightning Players – a number that can be seen as shocking or encouraging depending on your perspective. Both the league and the NHL Players’ Association created medical experts to have more positive expectations as they increased the amount of testing, which is why Jason Spiza took a hard look at the news: , ”He said.
He is in no way presenting the view of the cliff.
The veteran Toronto Maple Leafs were well versed in the issues ahead and were just as realistic about where things stand now.
This is not only a sign of the health and safety protocol and the Hub City selection being finalized, but also a critique of the league’s Ritter-to-Play ambitions with players moving towards getting ready for training camp for the July 10 opening ceremony.
More than half of the 750 players needed to restart the NHL are currently being tested as part of a carefully controlled Phase 2 workout. And there is absolutely no limit to what one can do away from team opportunities, whether or not to attend small-group sessions.
While many of us wondered how the league could react to an outbreak after taking a position inside the hub-city bubble during the league playoffs, the road to the competition stage could be even more bumpy. Because of this, players are going to gather in greater numbers with each passing day and the 24/7 bubble is still not expected to keep them around for another month.
“I was involved with lots [return-to-play] I have spoken and I am confident enough that once we are in the cities we will be able to do a good job of maintaining it, “Spiza said on Tuesday.” I think the presence there is going to be a challenge and that is why we as players need to maintain some discipline. So we can be sure that we have plans so that we don’t take action. “
With a charter plane carrying a team of NHLers from Helsinki to New York on Friday, all signs indicate that things are still moving forward. Similar flights are planned for players who have returned to Sweden this week.
In the meantime, travel has picked up for players based in different parts of North America. According to the rules set out in the NHL / NHLPA, entrants to Canada must observe a 14-day quarantine before traveling to the United States or within Canada before some ice strikes.
For everyone, the direction is simple: practice extreme caution.
It’s not easy to start simplifying local restrictions in most cities, but the fate of the NHL season depends on it.
“I think the biggest challenge for players in general is that as soon as everything around us starts to open up we have to tighten up almost because we’re going back to play,” Spizza said. “And it’s going to be a combination for us because it looks like it’s slowly opening up in Toronto, and we’re probably going to have to be a little more careful as we get closer to the training camp here.”