Been a while but the BHN Puck Links are back and hopefully so is NHL hockey really soon!
There’s suddenly plenty of concrete hockey news being generated again and as long as the NHL Return To Play plan keeps going, we’ll keep you up-to-date with BHN Puck links from around the NHL.
NHLPA Confirms Voting Has Begun
The NHLPA sent out a tweet Wednesday morning that the players have begun voting on whether or not to approve the tentative agreements on the protocols for Phases 3 and 4 of the NHL Return To Play plan and the new four-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The yay or nay announcement will come this Friday.
The NHLPA's Executive Board has approved the tentative CBA and referred it to the NHLPA Membership for a ratification vote. pic.twitter.com/nqDpMpZYbd
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 8, 2020
Hockey Madness Coming?
NCAA Basketball has March madness and now the NHL is about to give you their version of that must-watch TV if they can pull off Phases 3 and 4 of the NHL Return To Play plan. In the latest edition of TSN Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie reported that if the plan gets to Phase 4 and games are played, then there will be six games a day during the round robin and qualifying rounds with three in the Western Conference hub city of Edmonton and three in the Eastern Conference (Toronto). The games would start at noon, 4 PM, and 8 PM in each city (MT and ET). McKenzie believes that the round-robin games would be in the 4 PM slot so that means the Boston Bruins would play their three round-robin games against the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, and Tampa Bay Lightning each at 4 PM ET.
Intricacies Of The CBA Extension
If you’re still trying to figure out the intricacies of the new CBA extension, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet gives an in-depth look here:
How Will The Media Cover the NHL Return Games?
Zoom Calls from the press box? Yes that appears to be how the media will do post-game interviews with players after each game in the NHL Return. For more details on this whole new hockey media world, click here. There should be some interesting BHN Puck Links coming!
Welcome Aboard Florida Hockey Now!
Finally, we’d like to welcome a new member to the National Hockey Now family! Florida Hockey Now launched Wednesday morning and we couldn’t be happier to have an old friend of yours truly, George Richards steering the ship! For the best and most connected Florida Panthers coverage around, FHN will be your destination! George, when the time is right, we will celebrate with pints and Cubanos at Porter’s!