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Sport NHLPA board approves 24-team, return-to-play format

06:21  23 may  2020
06:21  23 may  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The NHL Players ’ Association ’s executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the official return to play format , the Associated If the NHLPA ’s executive board approves the plan, it would still need to be approved by the league ’s board of governors. Other details, like when and where the

The NHL Players ’ Association ’s executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the official return to play format , the Associated If the NHLPA ’s executive board approves the plan, it would still need to be approved by the league ’s board of governors. Other details, like when and where the

We have our first step towards resuming the 2019-20 season with the approval of the return-to-play format by the NHLPA Executive Board.

After a Friday vote, the 31 NHL team representatives gave the thumbs up to the 24-team, conference-based proposal. Now the plan moves on to the Board of Governors for their approval.

From the NHLPA:

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 winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup. Several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.

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The NHL Players ’ Association ’s executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA ’s executive board and the league ’s board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

The NHL Players ' Association 's executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA 's executive board and the league 's board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

If the BOG green lights it, the next steps would include figuring out proper safety protocols for all involved and how the hub city plan would work, among numerous other details.

Based on points percentage at the time of the March 12 NHL pause, the top four teams in each conference (Boston, Tampa, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas, Dallas) will receive a first-round bye. Round 1 will feature eight play-in matchups in a best-of-five series.

As the play-in round takes place, the eight conference leaders could potentially take part in a mini tournament that will determine the seeding for Round 2. Reseeding after the play-in round is another topic likely to be discussed.

Here’s what it might end up looking like:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND 1 BYES

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The NHL Players ' Association 's executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA 's executive board and the league 's board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

The NHL Players ' Association 's executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA 's executive board and the league 's board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

• Bruins

• Lightning

• Capitals

• Flyers

PLAY-IN ROUND

(5) Penguins

vs.                              — Winner plays No. 4 seed

(12) Canadiens

(6) Hurricanes

vs.                              — Winner plays No. 3 seed

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The NHL Players ' Association 's executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA 's executive board and the league 's board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

The NHL Players ’ Association ’s executive board is voting on a 24 - team playoff proposal as the return to play format , according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the NHLPA 's executive board and the league 's board of governors approve the plan, the who of returning would be set.

(11) Rangers

(7) Islanders

vs.                              — Winner plays No. 2 seed

(10) Panthers

(8) Maple Leafs

vs.                              — Winner plays No. 1 seed

(9) Blue Jackets

WESTERN CONFERENCE

ROUND 1 BYES

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According to multiple reports, the NHL Players ’ Association executive board is voting on the 24 - team , conference-based playoff format . If the format passes, it’s only the first step in the return to play process. The players and the league would still need to work on other logistics such as hub sites and

The National Hockey League Players ' Association executive board voted to approve a 24 - team , conference-based playoff format for a "The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players ' Association ( NHLPA ) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24 - team return

• Blues

• Avalanche

• Golden Knights

• Stars

PLAY-IN ROUND

(5) Oilers

vs.                                — Winner plays No. 4 seed

(12) Blackhawks

(6) Predators

vs.                                — Winner plays No. 3 seed

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(11) Coyotes

(7) Canucks

vs.                                — Winner plays No. 2 seed

(10) Wild

(8) Flames

vs.                                — Winner plays No. 1 seed

(9) Jets

Games would be played without fans with teams based in hub cities potentially located in both the U.S. and Canada. Columbus, Las Vegas, and Edmonton are a few of the cities that have shown interested in playing host to playoff games.

Since the 24-team format entered the rumor mill, it’s received a mixed reaction from players.

“Twenty-four teams sounds like a lot of teams to me,” Capitals defenseman John Carlson told Mike Tirico on Thursday. “You have to make sure there is some level playing field in terms of intensity…So while 24 teams sounds like a lot, maybe due to logistics, that makes the most sense.”

“I will say that when it comes to the format I think it is almost impossible to make everyone happy … the situation is what it is,” Lars Eller of the Capitals said via the Washington Post. “It is far from perfect. We are going to manage the best we can and I do think we will come together and find a solution regarding that. It is not going to be easy.”

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Kris Letang told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that Penguins players voted “yes” on the proposal citing “greater good for everyone.”

“At the end of the day, nobody gets exactly what they want,” Letang said. “But, we all want what is best for hockey and to continue to grow the game.”

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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