NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, “we’re not going to rush anything,” in his interview with Sportsnet, but, the NHL may be on an accelerated timeline to resume the season.
At least one NHL team has told its players to be prepared to report on May 15 to begin informal workouts that would precede a training camp of up to three weeks. Not all teams have acted in a similar manner.
“I don’t know what Clubs are telling their Players,” an NHL official said. “We have not specified or articulated any ‘target dates’ to our Clubs at this point.”
Bettman on Wednesday said the league will centralize its games in up to four locations. Further complicating matters is the fact many teams are unlikely to receive clearance from their local governing bodies and health agencies to conduct workouts and/or camps at home.
That means those teams would have to relocate to their assigned central location for camp and the duration of the season/playoffs.