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Amid coronavirus outbreak, a look at what reported proposal by NHL players would mean for 2019-20 Flyers

Amid coronavirus outbreak, a look at what reported proposal by NHL players would mean for 2019-20 Flyers

With the NHL currently out of commission because of the coronavirus outbreak, the league's players are experiencing ample time to think about what's ahead.

According to a report Tuesday night by TSN's Frank Seravalli, players have kicked around ideas between each other for a proposal to salvage the 2019-20 season.

Per the report, the proposal has play resume in July, extend through the summer and does not sacrifice the remainder of the regular season or any of 2020-21. It does, however, significantly shorten the ensuing offseason for the players and provides less rest during 2020-21, but if the league is out of action from mid-March to the beginning of July, you would think the players won't mind that trade-off. In a way, this time serves as their period of rest, recovery and training.

Below is a section of Seravalli's segment Tuesday on TSN's "Insider Trading" along with his breakdown of the reported proposal.

Now this is something that’s making its way to the NHLPA and at that point they’re hoping that they can present something like this to the NHL, where I’m told they’re ready and willing to consider any and all options at this point. The NHL is certainly not in a position to be closing the door on just about anything.

(Graphic on TSN's "Insider Trading" segment)

Clearly, there are a lot of steps to go for if this plan were to actually be put in action by the NHL. Obviously the concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak along with everyone's health and safety are of the highest level of importance.

But it's neat to see the players come up with this calculated idea and they're the ones who would be most impacted by the changes, so the league should certainly listen to its product.

How would such changes impact the Flyers? In a pretty positive way. The Flyers would undoubtedly love to finish this season in which they've constructed an impressive resurgence. They're in second place of the Metropolitan Division and one point behind the first-place Capitals with 13 games left on their schedule.

According to Hockey-Reference.com, the Flyers sport a 99.7 percent chance to make the playoffs, 30.5 percent chance to win the Metro and are projected to finish with 104 to 105 points. The Flyers haven't finished with 100-plus points since 2011-12, when the club last won a postseason series. The Flyers have a viable chance at a playoff run this season.

And of course, the lengthy hiatus would allow the Flyers (and everyone else, for that matter) to get healthier. As hot as the Flyers had been, they were set to finish the regular season without some key pieces. If this reported proposal were to be put in action, the Flyers would be at full force down the stretch and, who knows, could possibly even see the return of Nolan Patrick.

Uncertainty still hovers over the 2019-20 season. The Flyers will like their chances if they can see it through this summer.

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2020 NHL playoffs: Phase 2 date set in plan to resume season

2020 NHL playoffs: Phase 2 date set in plan to resume season

The NHL has targeted Monday of next week as the start of Phase 2 in its plan to resume and finish the season.

Phase 2 permits players to return to team practice facilities for voluntary small-group individualized training activities, whether it be on or off the ice.

Below is a statement Thursday night from the NHL:

Beginning June 8 — subject to each club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol — clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six players at any one time, plus a limited number of club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.

All necessary preparations for Phase 2, including those that require player participation (education, diagnostic testing, scheduling for medicals, etc.), can begin immediately. The NHL and the NHLPA continue to negotiate over an agreement on the resumption of play.

Here is the NHL's detailed protocol for Phase 2. Phase 3 (mandatory team training camps) won't happen before July 10, which means the implementation of Phase 4 (resuming play) can occur at the earliest late July, with the beginning of August an option.

The NHL on Thursday also announced further details on the 24-team return-to-play format, which looks good for the fourth-seeded Flyers.

Players and permitted personnel returning to Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, could be an important step toward the club finishing its 2019-20 resurgence.

"This is obviously something a little different, but we’ve got a lot of experience," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said in late April. "I’m very confident that we can get something together that’s going to be very efficient for the players, very efficient to get our team ready and hopefully that’s what happens.”

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2020 NHL playoffs: Flyers' chances look even better now in 24-team format

2020 NHL playoffs: Flyers' chances look even better now in 24-team format

The Flyers' outlook for the NHL's 24-team return-to-play format appeared to improve Thursday.

The 2020 playoffs will consist of reseeding after every round instead of a bracket style. The NHL and NHLPA also agreed that each round will feature best-of-seven series following the best-of-five qualifying round.

How is this a good thing for the Flyers? As the fourth and final seed in the round-robin tournament, they can only improve their standing, which we already knew. The Flyers have a chance to climb as high as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and can't fall any lower than their current spot at No. 4.

But the reward of being the No. 1 seed was uncertain as the league was still determining the whole reseed vs. bracket dilemma. On paper, the top seed would not have been as attractive in a bracket format given it would face the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup no matter what. Now, the No. 1 seed will face the lowest remaining seed to prevail after the qualifying round. So say the 12th-seeded Canadiens upset the fifth-seeded Penguins, the top seed will face Montreal. Whereas in a bracket style, the fourth-seeded club would have benefitted from such a situation by facing the lowest-seeded Canadiens, while the No. 1 seed would face a No. 8 or No. 9 seed.

The Flyers are truly in a no-lose situation. They already have their bye and getting the No. 1 seed means a better matchup now. If the Flyers do well in the round-robin tournament, they climb. If they struggle, they stay put. Not a bad spot at all. And there's no reason they should dislike their chances against the Bruins, Lightning and Capitals.

The bracket style would have made for more parity and drama, particularly in a betting aspect. But the league and its players have also stressed keeping the integrity of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ultimately, the top seeds should be rewarded for their work in the regular season and be given the best possible matchups.

Here are the East's qualifying-round matchups and seed Nos. 1-12.

No. 8 Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Blue Jackets

No. 7 Islanders vs. No. 10 Panthers

No. 6 Hurricanes vs. No. 11 Rangers

No. 5 Penguins vs. No. 12 Canadiens

1. Bruins
2. Lightning
3. Capitals
4. Flyers
5. Penguins
6. Hurricanes
7. Islanders
8. Maple Leafs
9. Blue Jackets
10. Panthers
11. Rangers
12. Canadiens

For the timeline of a possible resumption and the decisions still to be made, click here.

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