A number of National Hockey League players were reportedly "unhappy" with the results of a conference call with the NHLPA regarding the NHL's plans to restart the season following the coronavirus shutdown, according to the Athletic's Michael Russo.
The union added in its statement that "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". "Only if we can make it safe for everyone - including trainers, coaches, people who work at the rink (will we return to play)". The Avalanche entered the March 12th pause ranked second, trailing the Blues by two points with one game in hand. The NHL's proposal called for scrapping the rest of the regular season and starting postseason play with 24 teams grouped in two "hub" cities. Per the Athletic's Pierre Lebrun, Vegas, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver are in consideration. The league has said it wants to ensure a full 82-game schedule in 2020-21.
Under the plan proposed the top four teams in each of the Eastern and Western Conferences would play each other for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.
The NHL playoffs usually involve eight teams from each conference, with the victor having to navigate four best-of-seven series following a full schedule.
The fourth seed in each conference would face the victor of the matchup between the 5 and 12 seeds, with the No. 3 seed taking on the victor of the 6-11 matchup.
Ex-Broncos QB Joe Flacco agrees to 1-year deal with Jets
The deal is worth $1.5 million, with a maximum value of $4.5 million with incentives, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. When he returns to health, Flacco is expected to compete for the Jets backup quarterback job behind Sam Darnold .