REPORT: NHL Discussing Returning With Only 24 Teams

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The NHL is making progress on a return during the coronavirus pandemic, but some teams might not finish the season.

According to Pierre LeBrun, the Return To Play Committee for the league talked over the weekend of returning with a “24-team format.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

It’s not clear right now how this 24-team format would work, or which six teams in the league would sit out the rest of the season.

This is an interesting proposal from the NHL. I’d love to know the six teams that are going to get chopped out of the rest of the season.

You’d have to imagine it’d be teams in states that aren’t opening up at all and continuing with restrictions. That could mean teams in California and New York might not play out the rest of the season.


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Is playing the rest of the season with only part of the league ideal? Hell no. It sucks for the fans and it really sucks for the players on the those rosters.

However, if playing with 24 teams is what the NHL has to do to get the games going again, then I’m for it. It’s certainly better than nothing.


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It sounds like the NHL will start making some decisions on the future this week, and it sounds like we’re trending in a good direction. It might not be perfect, but it’s better than nothing.