Return to play
Can Canucks Use Inspiring Win as a Springboard to Playoffs?
Probably not, but after being by ravaged by COVID and missing more than three weeks, Vancouver showed a ton of heart and can use their resilience to at least salvage what has been a miserable season.
J.T. Miller Shows Courage On and Off the Ice for the Canucks
Miller's bold decision to publicly question the NHL and NHLPA about Vancouver's return-to-play conditions forced the league to reset and further consider the welfare of the players.
Why Are the Vancouver Canucks Even Playing This Season?
Well, it essentially comes down to money. That's why a COVID-ravaged roster that won't have played a game in 22 days will end the season with 19 games in 31 days.
Will All NHL Coaches Have Job Security in 2020-21?
It promises to be a season like no other, so what does that mean for coaches? Will teams be more willing to cut their bench bosses some slack during a shortened and chaotic campaign?
Bettman: 'It Would Be Cheaper for Us to Shut the Doors And Not Play'
The NHL commissioner said it is playing 'for our fans and our players', but make no mistake, the NHL is definitely playing for itself, too.
Gary Bettman: What Went Into the Pause of the 2019-20 NHL Season
Gary Bettman explains how the league handled the shutdown back in March and what made the return in August possible.
NHL Will Play in 2021, But Will it Play in Canada?
The NHL and NHL Players' Association agreed on a 56-game schedule and playoffs, but there is still work to do to convince Canadian medical authorities that it's a safe endeavor.
NHL, NHLPA Declare a Truce, but the Battle May be Far From Over
The two sides have agreed to not renegotiate the CBA, but there's still an enormous elephant in the room - prorated salaries - that will have to be resolved if the NHL and its union want labor peace.
Bettman Says NHL 'Not Renegotiating,' But if it Looks Like a Duck...
With the NHL and its players' association on either side of the divide when it comes to returning to play, things will come down to the two L's - leverage and language.
QMJHL Players Look Destined to Once Again Be Bubble Boys
The Quebec League postponed almost as many games as it played, then shut down a month early trying to play the conventional format and appears headed for bubble play again.
Despite Recent Outbreaks, NHL Season Can Run 'Relatively Smoothly'
Two teams have had outbreaks of COVID-19, leagues have shut down and Canada's World Junior camp has paused, but that doesn't mean the NHL is doomed to fail when it returns.
Does the NHL Have a Leg to Stand On When it Comes to its Demands?
Even though the league's bargaining gambit is "exceptional and unusual," this has more to do with financial realities than it does collective bargaining or labor law.
NHL and Players Squabbling Over Money is a Really Bad Look
We're in the middle of a devastating pandemic and the NHL and its players are having a very public battle over dollars. Both sides believe they're right, but both come off looking terrible.
Phase 2 of NHL's return-to-play protocol leaves (almost) nothing to chance
The NHL unrolled Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol on Monday and the 21-page document covers everything from tissue boxes to testing.