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Review on latest sport newsProbably the biggest takeaway from the words of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly exactly one year after COVID shut down the NHL is that once the pandemic is behind all of us, the league wants everything to return to the way it was pre-pandemic as much as possible. And isnt that what we all want?
Even though the 2020-21 divisional alignment has been novel and exciting at times, particularly for hockey fans in Canada, the expectation is that the league will return to its traditional divisional format next season, with the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central to accommodate the expansion Seattle Kraken in the Pacific.
Even though this years post-season will stretch into late July, Bettman expects the 2021-22 season will begin on time in October, presumably in front of capacity crowds, meaning the teams that play in the Stanley Cup final will basically have a one-month off-season. Were hopeful, were planning, were optimistic and we believe that we should be able to start next season on time, Bettman said.
In other news, the NHL draft will almost certainly go ahead as planned July 23 and 24, with the most confusing draft lottery in professional sports undergoing a few additional tweaks that promise to make it even more confusing.
And even though the disaster known as the NHL games in Lake Tahoe ended with the most-watch game on NBC Sports Network ever, Bettman also expects outdoor games to return to normal post-pandemic. Our game is about the fans, Bettman said. And as interesting, as beautiful, as intriguing as the setting was, I think our focus when we can go back is to having fans at outdoor games in record numbers, which is traditionally what weve done.
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