With plenty of options available to the NHL when it comes to resuming play, progress is being made toward a possible playoff format. According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Return to Play Committee is leaning toward a 24-team playoff format to wrap up the 2019-20 season.
LeBrun reports, however, that there is quite a bit of work still to be done if a 24-team playoff is to become a reality, but there has been significant progress made this weekend. Talks are expected to continue over the next couple of days with the potential that a plan will officially be outlined next week, as both sides are much closer on what a return to action might look like. Of course, once the Return to Play Committee does come to an agreement, it must pass through the NHL Executive Board and be approved.
On top of that, there is a Board of Governors meeting on Monday. Whether NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will have a deal ready to pass on by then is unknown unless the Return to Play Committee can come to an agreement in the next 24 hours.
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Originally posted on Pro Hockey Rumors By Holger Stolzenberg | Last updated 5/17/20