The NHL announced they have instructed their players and staff to extend self quarantine for another 10 days to continue to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NHL has instructed players and team staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, sharing that message with GMs during Tuesday’s call with senior league officials. (via @reporterchris)https://t.co/1oSJCuyUUy
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 24, 2020
The news of the extension broke today following a call with senior league officials and general managers. Teams had initially been asked to self-quarantine through Friday, but will now remain in isolation at home until April 6.
At this time only two NHL players, both from the Ottawa Senators, have tested positive for COVID-19. The league would like to eventually reopen facilities for small group workouts if the situation allows. This training camp period would proceed a resumption of play.
On March 16, the league stated its plan to “provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days” into a 60-day window provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where it advised against holding gatherings larger than 50 people.
The 45-day marker arrives on April 30 and will be used as a check-in time to see if there is enough information to determine a timeline for training camp, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
This news comes on the heels of the NHL announcing its office staff members will experience a 25 percent pay cut due to the lack of revenue coming into the league during this time. The NHL says the pay cuts are to prevent layoffs.
The NHL’s goal is to complete this season, play all 189 regular season games remaining on the calendar and still award a Stanley Cup without impacting the 2020-21 season.
Tonight on NBC Sports at 8 p.m. CT/ 9 p.m. ET, you can re-watch and re-live Game 2 of 2014’s Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues.
After the Blues won Game 1 in triple overtime, they trailed the Blackhawks 3-2 in the third period of Game 2 in St. Louis.
Brent Seabrook delivered a punishing hit on David Backes that took Backes out of the game.
The play sent the Blues on a 6-on-4 power play after goalie Ryan Miller was pulled during which Vladimir Tarasenko scored with 6.4 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game 3-3.
Barret Jackman scored in overtime to give St. Louis a 2-0 series lead over the Hawks.
Chris Porter scored for the Blues at 7:08 of the first period and Kevin Shattenkirk scored with under two seconds remaining in the opening frame to have St. Louis exit the first up 2-0.
Duncan Keith, Seabrook and Michael Rozsival scored on five shots to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead early in the third.
The Blackhawks would go on to win four consecutive games to take the series 4-2
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With no games to play, revenue isn’t coming in at the same rate for sports teams and leagues. As a result, the NHL has taken the step to temporarily cut the pay of its employees, according to a report from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.
The NHL is cutting the pay of league office employees by 25% starting April 1. The NHL last played games on March 11. According to Kaplan’s reporting, the league is hoping this will prevent layoffs.
While the NHL is the first league to take such a step, the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, which are under the same ownership, put in place something similar.
Contracted employees, such as members of the Sixers’ coaching staff and front office, have also been asked to participate in the program but cannot be forced to do so, according to a person briefed on the situation who was not authorized to discuss it publicly
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 23, 2020
More of these types of moves could be coming, although the likely backlash is part of the decision-making process.
Other NBA owners are watching Sixers and weighing the PR fallout vs. desire to do the same with salary reductions — including some considering furloughs, staff cutbacks, etc. No owner wants to log into Twitter and see his net worth trending after announcing this kind of news.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 24, 2020