A look at the latest buzz on 2019-20 NHL season and what it means for Flyers


Updated: 8:34 p.m.

There had been some buzz about the NHL discussing a potential resumption of the 2019-20 season at neutral sites in remote parts of the country.

"That’s just part of considering all of the potential options, depending on how we find the circumstances," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said April 7 in an interview with NBC Sports' Mike Tirico.

It sure sounds like mostly everything is still on the table with the NHL now 42 days and counting into the suspension of its regular season because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, the neutral-site idea appears to be no longer in consideration, according to a report Tuesday night by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Per Friedman's report:

Instead, we’re looking at one NHL city per division to resume the season. Teams from that division would be brought to this location. And, it sounds like the plan is to complete the regular season — if possible. One idea, a triple-header per day at each location to get it done in three weeks. The players have to agree.

Looking at the CDC and Canadian information, I could see places like Edmonton, Minnesota and Raleigh being options if the league and the respective governments were willing.

The NHL will not rush to decisions on how or when it will resume play. Right now, making those types of calls simply isn't plausible. The league is looking at the entire summer to work with in its decision-making.

“Not necessarily divisional based, it’ll be four cities if that’s the route we go — and by the way, all of this is contingent, nothing has been decided," Bettman said Wednesday night in an interview with Sportsnet's Ron MacLean. "This is just part of the modeling I talked about where we’re making sure we’re prepared for any eventuality. Maybe it’ll be two cities. It’s not something that we can predict right at this moment, but this is a part of the contingencies.

"It doesn’t necessarily have to be by division — although the centralization may be by division, but the particular location could be anywhere that isn’t the hot spot and has what we need both in terms of the arena and having practice facilities. Because if you bring in seven or eight clubs to a particular facility and you’re playing lots of games on a regular basis without travel, there does need to be ice for practice."

The Flyers should like their outlook if the NHL finds a way to resume in any fashion, whether it be to finish the regular season or expedite the process to the playoffs.

If PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a possible location for the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers are 22-12-2-4 all-time in that building, so maybe that's a positive.

In the grand scheme, though, what's most important is the safety of everyone involved in this or any potential plan as it impacts players, team and league employees and their families.

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