Late Thursday night, the Canadian government made a significant move for Toronto, Edmonton, or Vancouver to become one of the NHL hub cities. In a move specifically designed to benefit the NHL, the 14-day quarantine rule which NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called a non-starter, will be relaxed for one of those cities. Former NHL tough guy Daniel Carcillo has become a crusader against concussions and now he’s leading a lawsuit against the CHL to clean up hazing. And some Pittsburgh Penguins links today, too.
It would seem Pittsburgh’s bid to become an NHL hub city took a significant hit late Thursday night when the Canadian government buckled on their 14-day quarantine rule for returning athletes. The move will clear a path for Toronto to become the other hub city (Sportsnet)
It would have been neat for Pittsburgh to be a hub, but some of these games belong in Canada, Toronto especially.
Daniel Carcillo has undergone an awakening in his post-playing days. He’s championed those who speak out against concussions in hockey and now he’s the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the CHL to prevent hazing (The Score)
TSN/Athletic national reporter Pierre LeBrun reported the NHL assured coaches there won’t be restrictions on doing their job when the NHL Return to Play Plan hits Phase 3 and Phase 4, next month (The Athletic, Subscription Required)
When head coach Mike Sullivan is allowed to direct the traffic on the ice and begin preparing his team for the Qualifying Round and NHL playoffs, he should push 2019 first-round pick, Sam Poulin, into the lineup (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins ran away with the President’s Trophy as the top regular-season team. However, in the 24-team NHL return, the top-four teams in each conference will play a round-robin tournament for seeding. It doesn’t sound like Boston is going all-out in those games (Boston Hockey Now)
If Boston tanks and becomes the fourth seed, they would draw the Pittsburgh Penguins (assuming the Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens in the Qualifying Round), in Round One.
The Montreal Canadiens finally opened their facilities as part of Phase 2 and hit the ice…finally (Winning Habit)