National Hockey League mulls return with 24-team playoffs

NHL mulls return with 24-team playoffs

Discussions within the NHLPA executive committee could take place as early as Thursday, according to SportsNet report and ESPN.

Apart from the remaining steps involved in getting back on the ice, the National Hockey League still needs to settle on a draft format, while the seven clubs that would be outside the 24-team bracket could be sidelined for eight, nine or even 10 months, depending by the time the 2020-21 campaign begins.

The proposed playoff format would also include the top four seeds participating in a three-game tournament among themselves during the play-in round, alleviating concerns from top teams that they would face sharp teams coming off first-round games while they're idle. The top four seeds would receive a bye to the second round. Each group would start with weighted standings based on actual regular season performance, and play a round robin, guaranteeing each and every team five games to close out the regular season. Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Las Vegas, St. Paul, Minn., and Columbus, Ohio, are considered top contenders.

Apart from continuing discussions on the 24-team format, plenty of other hurdles remain before the games will be allowed to resume, including receiving the go-ahead from government and health officials, timing, locations, testing procedures and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

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"I don't think there's going to be a ideal scenario where everyone's super excited about", Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen told The Associated Press on Thursday before the vote.

Per the AP, it's unclear whether the sides will come together and vote the same way. "No matter (who) you play, it's going to be hard". "There's been some different talks and things like that and talking about a bunch of different things and trying to sort through some different issues".

"I just want to play, and I can do whatever format they decide", he said. According to LeBrun, the results should be available by Friday evening.

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