The NHL and NHLPA have not made any decisions regarding a potential resumption of the 2019-20 season.
But the league has a tentative plan for a step forward in its attempt to finish the season, which was suspended March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
On Wednesday night, the NHL released the following statement:
Given recent developments in some NHL clubs' local communities, we are now looking ahead to a Phase 2 of the transition period that would follow the currently recommended Phase 1 period of 'self-quarantine' by players and hockey staff.
The precise date of transition to Phase 2, during which players might return to small group activities in NHL club training facilities, remains undetermined. However, provided that conditions continue to trend favorably — and, subject to potential competitive concerns as between disparately situated markets — we believe we may be able to move to Phase 2 at some point in the mid-to-later portion of May. Specific guidelines governing player and hockey staff activity would be provided at that time. In the meantime, we expect players and hockey staff to continue to adhere to the recommended guidelines put in place when the season was paused on March 12.
The NHL will continue to look at when and how it can resume play as the league has the summer to work with in its decision-making.
For now, the NHL will move forward with its self-quarantine recommendation through the end of April and see how things develop in May.
The Flyers, who were one of the NHL's hottest and best teams prior to the stoppage, are in a good spot for any type of resumption.
Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said he felt two weeks would be enough time to prepare his team for games after a long layoff.
"Everybody will be in the same position, will be out for the same amount of time, so we’ll be like everybody else," Vigneault said Wednesday on a conference call. "My staff has a lot of experience. This is obviously something a little different, but we’ve got a lot of experience, 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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