It was absolutely incredible, and expensive that the NHL was able to put together not one, but two bubbles and complete the 2020 NHL Playoffs. There were a few bumps in the road in the team facilities, and if you ask the St. Louis Blues, that’s why they did so poorly. In the Canadian bubbles, there was 0 positive COVID tests.
Yesterday, Golden Knights owner Bill Foley expressed his ideas on how the NHL 2020-21 season could be played, despite an ongoing global pandemic. When asked why they would trade one of their Top-4 defensemen Nate Schmidt to a division rival he answered, “Yeah, but they’re going to be playing in the Canadian division this year.” He said this on “Vegas Hockey Outline” on KSHP.
It would be interesting to see the League chop up the divisions and put all the Canadian teams in one division. I have no idea, but I am pretty sure the U.S.-Canadian Border is closed and will continue to be for quite some time. It makes sense that teams would play the teams regionally closest to them. The Flyers already have that with their own division, but I would not be surprised if The Rangers and Islanders got swapped out for The Lightning and Panthers. I don’t think that any team will pull a Buffalo Blue Jays type deal.
The Canadian Parliament did not want teams coming in and out of the country in Toronto for the Blues Jays but it really does make sense to put all the Canadian Teams together.
It is an interesting situation the NHL is finding themselves in, as I do not think a lot of teams can financially handle playing anymore games without gate sales from fans.
We are seeing in Canada with the Q playing that certain teams are having games canceled or postponed because of Corona Red Zones.
I really hope we can start to get into games soon, it would suck to watch some of these teams struggle or close because of the financial hardship cause of the pandemic.
I do love the idea of an all Canada Division.