The 2020-21 NHL season may not even start in 2020.
According to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, a start in late December or even January is looking likely.
Gary Bettman says he wouldn't be surprised if next season starts in late December or even in January.— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) September 19, 2020
There are still several questions that need to be answered before the season commences, such as:
- Where will games be played?
- How will travel work?
- How many games will be played?
- What will the roster size be?
- Will there be a preseason?
The NHL and NHLPA will have their hands full trying to determine these answers. A modified bubble approach to the season is possible, and with the success that the playoff bubble has had in terms of safety, it seems like the smart choice. Of course, the flip side of the bubble is that it's tough on the players.
One idea that's been discussed by the NHL and NHLPA is to create 4 bubble cities, and rotate all 31 teams in those venues in 8 game increments.
It's going to be an offseason full of tough decisions, but hopefully we'll have hockey back (after the Stanley Cup Final concludes) sooner rather than later.