Here is what the NHL has been doing over the past couple of weeks to prepare for he league's resumption:JUNE 2Players in the COVID protocol are: Colorado's Jayson Megna and Vegas' Brayden McNabb. Read more here.MAY 31The NHL is reportedly working with health authorities on a travel plan that would allow the winner of the all-Canadian division and an American opponent to cross the border during the final two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, according to The Canadian Press (h/t CBC). The proposed plan would allow teams to enter Canada without having to isolate for 14 days. In an email to The Canadian Press, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that the effort was "a work in progress." The NHL only needs approval from public health authorities in the provinces and cities that still have teams in the playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are the only three Canadian teams left in the postseason. Read more here.Ontario premier Doug Ford announced Monday that 550 fully vaccinated healthcare workers will be allowed to attend Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena. Read more here.MAY 24The long-awaited day has finally arrived. When the NHL released it’s COVID Protocol Related Absences list on Monday evening, it contained no names. It is the first time since the list originally debuted at the start of the regular season that the contents has been empty. Granted, the list now only includes the 14 active playoff teams as opposed to all 31 clubs, but it still marks a major achievement in the league’s battle against the coronavirus. Read more here.MAY 19Several reports emerged about an issue with the COVID testing Tuesday night, with teams across multiple sports believing that false positives had been reported. It wasn’t clear which teams would be affected, but the St. Louis Blues issued a statement from president of hockey operations Doug Armstrong: "We have discovered discrepancies in Covid test results relating to multiple players. We have been in touch with and are working with the League to address these discrepancies with additional testing and expect to have further information later this afternoon. The League will provide a further update when we have more information. Head Coach Craig Berube and our players will not be available to the media until after tonight’s game." The Blues are the team that currently has three players in the COVID protocol, including top scorer David Perron. As Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press points out, the team recently did additional testing after Jake Walman, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive with a rare breakthrough infection. Walman and Nathan Walker are the other two players in the protocol with Perron. Read more here.The St. Louis Blues reported discrepancies in the results of recent COVID-19 tests ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche. Hours before the start of Wednesday's postseason action, the NHL confirmed the Blues and Vegas Golden Knights were both impacted by "false positive" tests. Read more here.MAY 14Reports surfaced in late April that NHL teams may not be allowed to travel between the United States and Canada for playoff games due to the continued closure of the border to non-essential travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ESPN's Greg Wyshynski explained on Friday that the NHL wants that situation resolved by June 1. "The conversations are ongoing," NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer told ESPN on Friday. "We've told them we really do need to know by the end of the first round, and that's around June 1. That's pretty much the date that we've talked to them about, saying we have to know one way or another." As things stand today, the remaining Canadian club would likely relocate to a U.S. city close to its opponent for the semifinal matchup to limit travel costs. Mayer added, though, that government officials may be more open to personnel traveling between the countries after two Canadian teams are eliminated in the tournament's first round. Read more here.MAY 12Marco Rossi, the ninth overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, never made it to camp. After testing positive in November, Rossi was still cleared for the World Junior Championship, but after just four games with Team Austria, he was removed from the lineup do to COVID symptoms. More than six months since his initial diagnosis, things are finally looking up for Rossi. The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler reports that doctors have told the talented forward that he can resume hockey activities. Rossi is expected to begin skating and training immediately. Read more here.MAY 11The NHL released the start times for the final three games of the North Division schedule set to be played between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Both teams are out of the playoff race and will finish the year with a pair of afternoon tilts. The game on May 19 is especially noteworthy, as its 1:30 p.m. MT start leaves the possibility for the North to start its playoffs that evening. Starting the playoffs the same day the regular season concludes is something deputy commissioner Bill Daly hinted at Monday as the league tries to get through the 2020-21 season without any further delays. The other three divisions will already be well into their first-round playoff matchups. Things kick off on Saturday with the Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins. As for the future, the league is expected to go back to the schedule matrix and playoff format that was used during the 2018-19 season, according to Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com, with the exception of course of the Seattle Kraken being added to the Pacific Division and the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central. Read more here.MAY 8With more players getting vaccinated, the NHL plans to relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. Read more here.APRIL 29There will not be a traditional Calder Cup playoffs in 2021, but that doesn’t mean the AHL will forgo postseason contests. Each of the four divisions was given the opportunity to decide a postseason format, and while the Atlantic, North, Canadian and Central will all simply award the divisional champion based on regular-season points percentage, the Pacific Division is going to have a playoff tournament. Also in the announcement comes news on the 2021-22 season, which is set to begin on Oct. 15, 2021, and conclude on April 24, 2022. The divisions will likely be put back to normal, but an announcement will come later this summer. Read more here.APRIL 27As per a report by Elliotte Friedman, the NHL is going to hold teams accountable to their actions when it comes to the COVID virus and doing their part to stop the spread. Specifically, if players break protocols that lead to multiple illnesses during the playoffs, there could be huge consequences. Essentially, if a player(s) breaks the rules when it comes to COVID protocols and it costs their team a number of players because the virus spreads, the NHL won’t first look to reschedule games. Instead, they’ll look at why the breakout and spread of the virus occurred and the team could be penalized by having to pull out of the NHL postseason. Read more here.APRIL 21According to TSN and RDS hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the tentative date for the start of the 2021-22 NHL season is currently set for Oct. 12, with training camps hopefully able to open Sept. 22. Read more here.APRIL 20Though it had been clear for the last few weeks, Tuesday brought the death knell for the 2020-21 OHL season. The junior league announced the end of its return-to-play plans, stating that the recent extended stay-at-home order in Ontario along with the increasing cases of COVID-19 has made it impossible to hold a season. Read more here.APRIL 19The Western Hockey League, whose teams did not begin regular season play until late February at the earliest, will play no more than their shortened 24-game season this year. The league has announced that there will be no 2021 WHL Playoffs due to “the ongoing challenges with COVID-19.” Read more here.APRIL 15The 2021 IIHF World Championship, scheduled to take place in Latvia from May 21 to June 6, is proceeding as planned. However, the NHL regular season is currently on pace to end on May 16, if not later, due to the delays created by the recent COVID-19 outbreak within the Vancouver Canucks locker room. This means that when the World Championship begins, the postseason will have just begun and national teams will be without options from 16 NHL teams. Read more here.