"The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the victor of the 2020 Stanley Cup", the union said in a statement issued Friday night.
"The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the victor of the 2020 Stanley Cup".
The Executive Board, composed of representatives from all 31 National Hockey League clubs, approved these additional discussions after a vote that was reportedly contentious - with both the Lightning and Hurricanes reportedly voting against such a format and additional questions being asked about details beyond just the proposal. Usually, only 16 teams proceed to the playoffs.
The seeds would be determined by the number of points each team had on March 12, when the National Hockey League shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"It has become increasingly apparent, that any possibility will not include any further games being played this season in front of fans at Bell MTS Place", the Winnipeg Jets said in an e-mail. Every series after the first round would be best-of-seven.
The byes would go to St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas in the Western Conference, and Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia in the Eastern.
Other issues remain to be worked out between the two sides before the players will return to the ice, the union said.
Also to be determined is which cities will be chosen as hubs.
According to the report, details of player safety remain unsettled. The play-in series in the West would be: No. 8 Calgary vs. No. 12 Chicago, No. 7 Vancouver vs. No. 9 Columbus, No. 5 Pittsburgh vs.
Under this scenario, the 11th-seed Rangers would meet sixth-seed Carolina while the seventh-seed Islanders would face 10th-seeded Florida in the play-in round.