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  1. From: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/news/nhl-playoff-scenarios-run-the-gamut-of-where-when-and-how/ar-BB12eIgH?ocid=spartandhp NHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and how Shorts and skates don’t usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too. With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, anything and everything is on the table if Commissioner Gary Bettman’s objective to complete the season is to be realized. What the format will be, when play might realistically resume and whether the NHL might require games at neutral sites — how’s North Dakota sound? — is anyone’s guess. “Those are all fair questions but not ones that we have to resolve right away,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press by email, likening the situation for the league to a "a multi-faceted puzzle.” Over the weekend, the governors of New York and California both tamped down President Donald Trump’s hope of sports resuming in August. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: “I would love to see sports back to help with cabin fever. … But this is not about hopes and dreams and aspirations and what you would like to see.” The NHL, which postponed play March 12, has several times pushed back its self-quarantine guideline — it's now April 15 — before players can even think about reporting to team facilities. The date is expected to be extended again. Wherever and whenever the Stanley Cup is awarded, one thing will still hold true as far as Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford is concerned. “Whoever wins it, it is going to feel the same whenever they win it, on whatever day they win it, as it would winning it normally in the middle of June,” Rutherford said. The latest the Cup has ever been awarded is June 24, in 1995 and 2013, with both instances following lockout-shortened seasons. The pandemic, however, has no timetable. That leads to questions over whether the NHL will have time to squeeze in any of the remaining 189 regular-season games to determine seedings, or skip directly to the playoffs based on the current standings, be it based on total points or points percentages. In the percentage scenario, the ninth-place New York Islanders would have the edge over the eighth-place Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference. In the West, seventh-place Winnipeg would be the odd team out with Vancouver in. Other possibilities include expanding the playoff format to take into account the uneven amount of games teams have played. The various formats led to amusing exchanges between players during recent video calls. “I’d rather start the playoffs right away,” said Alex Ovechkin, whose Washington Capitals lead the Metropolitan Division. He then laughed and said, “Sorry guys,” referring to the other three players on the call. “Don’t say sorry to me," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "We’re in a playoff spot.” New Jersey defenceman P.K. Subban proposed a 31-team format — every team in the league — which might be the only way the Metropolitan’s last-place Devils qualify. Others raised the need to play as many regular-season games as feasible to preserve the integrity of the playoffs, as well as a need to re-acclimate to the speed and intensity of the action. The need for tune-up games was not lost on Oilers captain Connor McDavid. Edmonton faces the prospect of opening the playoffs against Calgary — a rivalry that featured several penalty-filled regular-season matchups already this season. “I don’t think you can just step into the playoffs, Game 1, have Calgary come to Edmonton and guys just run around and kill each other and haven’t played a game in two months,” McDavid said. Flames captain Mark Giordano noted the playoffs would be additionally competitive because teams would feature healthy rosters, given the amount of time players have had to rest and recover. And don’t forget the goalies. “You can train and practice and stuff, but when you get to camp, I find the NHL shot and speed of the game is something you have to catch up on,” Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It would be nice to have a few to get back in touch.” Foligno raised a concern over the number of games some players might have to play over a calendar year should the playoffs stretch into September, and the following season being a month or two later. “You’ve got to think about the longevity of guys’ careers and their health as well,” Foligno said. “Any idea is worth it at this point. But we’ve got to think about how we’re going to go ahead here and smartly both on the business side and the health side.” With the pandemic affecting regions of the continent at different times, the NHL is also considering having playoff games played at neutral sites. Sportsnet.ca reported over the weekend that North Dakota has been mentioned as a potential site. A person familiar with discussions told the AP the Buffalo Sabres' two-rink downtown practice facility, and connected to their home arena and full-service hotel, has also been mentioned among the numerous options raised. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private. The Sabres sit 13th in the East and aren't expected to qualify under most playoff scenarios. Jets coach Paul Maurice was on board for any scenario, so long as it meant providing fans a distraction. “God, it’d be playoffs with fresh hockey players and it’d be pretty darn exciting,” Maurice said Monday. “We’d play anywhere.”
  2. Fortunately that problem has already been rectified... https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/3m-makes-deal-with-white-house-says-canada-will-continue-to-receive-n95-masks/ar-BB12epPE?ocid=spartandhp Huge mistake for Trump and and any administration that was on board with trying to cut Canada off from the supply of N95's... It was a knee jerk reaction and short sighted... Even though they are the bigger dog in a fight, there was no way it could last more than a few days due to interdependence...
  3. 4 more members of the Senators organization have tested positive... That makes 6... They have been hit hard by this... Hopefully they all recover soon... https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/senators-say-four-members-organization-tested-positive-covid-19/
  4. Do I have a bias against the tyrannical communist government of China?... Absolutely, and so do millions of people that live in China... China lied, people died... One of my best friends for the last 30 years came from China, he came to Canada as a teenager, and he shares the same views that I posted... and so do other Asians that I know, including neighbors... My bias is not racial, it is directed towards the government of China, and it is based on easily verifiable facts... I do not choose friends by their race... I have Asian friends, and that will never change... None of this is their fault... Up to 80 percent of the 300,000 rapid coronavirus test kits ordered that the Czech Republic ordered from China are not working properly https://www.praguemorning.cz/80-of-rapid-covid-19-tests-the-czech-republic-bought-from-china-are-wrong/ Spain, Europe's worst-hit country after Italy, says coronavirus tests it bought from China are failing to detect positive cases https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-spain-says-rapid-tests-sent-from-china-missing-cases-2020-3?amp&r=US&IR=Tutm_source=msn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=msn-story&utm_campaign=bodyurl The Netherlands has recalled 600,000 coronavirus face masks it imported from China after discovering they were faulty https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/the-netherlands-has-recalled-600000-coronavirus-face-masks-it-impo So it is not 'my' bias that is clouding my objectivity, maybe you should take a closer look at your own bias...
  5. The effects of this virus could have been minimized, but China made this a global problem by dropping the ball... Millions fled from China including places like Wuhan and Hubei province before China finally decided to admit there was a serious problem... and then they started to spread the virus all over the world... China is already positioning themselves to try and be the ones that come out ahead with their economy while the rest of the world still has to deal with this... They will try and get back to manufacturing items they have a monopoly on and ramp up production as soon as possible, and they will also seize the opportunity to increase production on items needed to deal with this crisis "in order to help", but at the same time they will be attempting to maximize an increase of their GDP to facilitate their 50 year plan for global domination... Any country that accepts financial aid from China will be selling part of their soul, whether it be connected to loans, or any sales that are business related (including property)... and they will be helping China along with their 50 year plan at the same time... It's already quite obvious which country will benefit from this... and that is what will happen unless the rest of the world collectively says no to China's tactics, and then also rightfully holds them accountable for this crisis...
  6. The Wuhan virus is not the first virus to happen this way, and if the exotic animal markets continue, it won't be the last time it happens either... The markets are crowded with cages full of different kinds of animals, side by side and stacked on top of each other... The animals can also easily spread a virus among each other in those conditions... Animals that do not live together in the wild... Ideal conditions for a virus to mutate and evolve... You can go into one of these markets crowded with different animals, pick one, and they will chop of its head on the spot, using the same chopping block for different kinds of animals without the block even being cleaned... The butchers often don't even wear gloves, and then they just wipe the blood off their hands on their aprons... (I can post a video here if you would like) The virus is transferred to humans long before the meat from an animal has a chance to be cooked...
  7. While I appreciate that the "Bank of China" did a good deed with the donation, it is also good PR for them as they have 20 branches in Canada... Somehow they had access to buy theses goods from sources in China, while Canada itself did not have the same access to purchase them on their own... Several orders have been made that haven't been filled yet... China itself has done Jack Satoshi to repay Canada in kind for our donation of medical supplies to them...
  8. Seriously Peeps?... Common consensus says this Wuhan virus originated with a Horseshoe bat, and then was transferred to humans through an intermediate host like a Civet cat... https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm Bear bile does actually have some medicinal value, but they need to look towards alternatives including artificial bile and synthetic compounds... https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2016/4305074/ Keeping bears in small cages to collect their bile from a "tap" is primitive and cruel...
  9. It is, and I commend the "Bank of China" for stepping up and donating the much needed medical supplies... But no supplies have come back from the Chinese government in return for what we sent them yet though... and speaking of the Chinese government, here is one of their the latest dumbass moves... the Chinese government has recommended using Tan Re Qing, an injection containing bear bile, to treat severe and critical COVID-19 cases https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/03/chinese-government-promotes-bear-bile-as-coronavirus-covid19-treatment/ Sounds like one heckuva asinine idea for a solution for another virus that was caused by some of their peoples habit of eating bats and other animals that should not be on the menu... https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm Obviously they have not learned a damn thing from their latest "gift to the world"...
  10. from: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/olympics-postponement-extends-window-stage-stanley-cup-playoffs/ Olympics postponement extends window to stage Stanley Cup Playoffs The impending postponement of the Tokyo Olympics will extend the potential window for the Stanley Cup Playoffs to be held this summer, the NHL told its teams on Monday. That news came as part of a question-and-answer sheet circulated along with a league memo, according to a source. The NHL also conducted a teleconference with its Board of Governors for the first time since putting its season on pause March 12. Monday afternoon’s session with governors included updates on the COVID-19 outbreak, financial projections on how the league could be affected by the pandemic and a discussion about some of the contingency options under consideration for a potential resumption of play. That now includes the possibility of extending the playoffs beyond July 24, when the Olympics in Tokyo were originally set to get underway. It only seems like a matter of time before those Games are officially put off until 2021, with the Canadian Olympic Committee already having withdrawn its athletes and IOC member Dick Pound telling The Canadian Press on Monday: “You’re looking at a postponement. I think that’s out there now.” For the NHL, it extends the window to meet its stated goal of crowning a champion this season. The league shares a U.S. broadcast partner with the Olympics in NBC and had previously believed the playoffs had to be wrapped up before the cauldron was lit during the Opening Ceremonies. That extra time could be valuable with the coronavirus still spreading rapidly in North America — although at this stage there’s only so much the league can even tell team owners about where things are headed. It remains a huge unknown for both the wider population and the sports leagues that operate within them. While it’s believed the NHL has already engaged in a fair amount of dialogue on contingency plans — what does the playoff format look like if games can resume May 15? Or June 1? Or June 8? How is the start of next season impacted if the Stanley Cup isn’t awarded until Aug. 15 or Aug. 30? — the league is essentially in a holding pattern when it comes to making actual decisions. Those will ultimately depend heavily on recommendations from the governments and leading authorities like the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a question-and-answer document published by the NHL’s public relations department on Monday afternoon, the league indicated that it isn’t sure if any part of the regular season might still be played or what a reimagined playoff format will look like. “The form and format of resumption of play scenarios will depend entirely on what transpires between now and when we are permitted and able to resume — and, ultimately, on timing and taking into account logistical constraints,” said the NHL’s release. “We are going to have to be flexible and react to events as they unfold as well as the best medical advice available.”
  11. from: https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-looking-different-factors-determine-return-action/ NHL looking at different factors that could determine return to action And now, the Great Wait. Everything moved quickly in the hours and days after the NHL paused its season last week. Players were urged to self-quarantine and remain close to their playing city in hopes that teams could reopen training facilities. Then, with borders closing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending against gatherings of more than 50 people until May, the directive changed and everyone was permitted to scatter. The quarantined hockey world is now hunkering down and pondering the future. There’s a lot of conversations and ideas flying around in text messages, but little clarity with the spread of the COVID-19 virus still picking up steam across the continent. The clearest hint of where the NHL is headed came from deputy commissioner Bill Daly during an appearance on The Athletic’s “Two-Man Advantage” podcast, when he spoke of the league’s priorities in the months ahead: “The only definite for us is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year.” That clearly sketches out the timelines at play here. It tells us that crowning a 2020 Stanley Cup champion hinges on finding a window where it’s safe to conduct some kind of playoff tournament between mid-May — when the CDC could potentially change its recommendations on how many people can safely gather — and mid- to late-July, which is believed to be the absolute latest the league would be willing to stretch its season. If that’s not possible, we’re looking at a lost year. Playing into August would disrupt the season to follow and Daly made it clear that’s off the table. What this revelation does is rule out at least two ideas being kicked around in NHL circles in recent days: • One, emerging from conversations with team executives, revolves around doing a complete restart to the 2019-20 season whenever it’s safe to do so. It could be August, September or October. Doesn’t matter. The plan would be to finish the final 15 per cent of the regular season plus playoffs, then pause for free agency signings and the entry draft, before starting 2020-21. • The other, bubbling amongst some players, is a similar concept that’s more rigid in structure. Complete the regular season in July, hold the playoffs in August and September, break for a shortened October off-season and commence 2020-21 in November. There are a number of reasons why it’s believed the NHL doesn’t favour either of these approaches. Chief among them is how it impacts teams way out of the playoff race — can you really ask members of the last-place Detroit Red Wings, for example, to return from the COVID-19 hiatus, go through a training camp and then play 11 meaningless regular-season games before waiting out the playoffs and another off-season? Then you also have to account for potential building availability issues, the financial impact of delaying the return of meaningful hockey to a number of markets even longer than it already will be and the fact that some contending teams already view 2019-20 as a tainted seeason. And now, the Great Wait. Everything moved quickly in the hours and days after the NHL paused its season last week. Players were urged to self-quarantine and remain close to their playing city in hopes that teams could reopen training facilities. Then, with borders closing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending against gatherings of more than 50 people until May, the directive changed and everyone was permitted to scatter. The quarantined hockey world is now hunkering down and pondering the future. There’s a lot of conversations and ideas flying around in text messages, but little clarity with the spread of the COVID-19 virus still picking up steam across the continent. The clearest hint of where the NHL is headed came from deputy commissioner Bill Daly during an appearance on The Athletic’s “Two-Man Advantage” podcast, when he spoke of the league’s priorities in the months ahead: “The only definite for us is we certainly don’t want to do anything around a resumption of play this season that will impact our ability to have a full season next year.” That clearly sketches out the timelines at play here. It tells us that crowning a 2020 Stanley Cup champion hinges on finding a window where it’s safe to conduct some kind of playoff tournament between mid-May — when the CDC could potentially change its recommendations on how many people can safely gather — and mid- to late-July, which is believed to be the absolute latest the league would be willing to stretch its season. If that’s not possible, we’re looking at a lost year. Playing into August would disrupt the season to follow and Daly made it clear that’s off the table. What this revelation does is rule out at least two ideas being kicked around in NHL circles in recent days: • One, emerging from conversations with team executives, revolves around doing a complete restart to the 2019-20 season whenever it’s safe to do so. It could be August, September or October. Doesn’t matter. The plan would be to finish the final 15 per cent of the regular season plus playoffs, then pause for free agency signings and the entry draft, before starting 2020-21. • The other, bubbling amongst some players, is a similar concept that’s more rigid in structure. Complete the regular season in July, hold the playoffs in August and September, break for a shortened October off-season and commence 2020-21 in November. There are a number of reasons why it’s believed the NHL doesn’t favour either of these approaches. Chief among them is how it impacts teams way out of the playoff race — can you really ask members of the last-place Detroit Red Wings, for example, to return from the COVID-19 hiatus, go through a training camp and then play 11 meaningless regular-season games before waiting out the playoffs and another off-season? Then you also have to account for potential building availability issues, the financial impact of delaying the return of meaningful hockey to a number of markets even longer than it already will be and the fact that some contending teams already view 2019-20 as a tainted season. Everyone wants to win a Stanley Cup, sure, but it’s hard to imagine that achievement feeling equally as satisfying now as it would conclude an uninterrupted campaign. To make a betting analogy, the NHL is currently on the equivalent of a bad run at the blackjack table and won’t spend all night trying desperately to salvage the session. It’s already committed to when it will get up and walk away if things don’t change for the better. That’s a smart approach under the circumstances. As unsatisfying as it could end up feeling if there’s no real conclusion to a season where 1,082 games were played — and as disappointing as that will be to the organizations with legitimate championship aspirations — there will be a point where the focus needs to shift to letting the business reset and recover. And that point is probably still at least a month away. The NHL hopes that a period of self-quarantine for players will eventually allow it to open mini training camps by early May. That needs to happen before any games are played. In the meantime, the league plans to monitor the situation closely and lean on the relevant authorities for guidance. “We’re not equipped to say ‘the pandemic’s over,”’ commissioner Gary Bettman said during a recent appearance on Hockey Central at Noon. “There are going to be medical people at the highest level who are going to tell us.” And, so, this is where we are. The decision on when it’s safe for the NHL to potentially resume may rest in someone else’s hands, but it’s clear the league has already figured out how it will react to that news: The Cup will be lifted by July, or it won’t be lifted at all this year.
  12. It's starting to look more like even if the league gets going, it won't be before mid May at the soonest (or if can happen soon enough after that)... They would start with a mini training camp, and that then it would go right into some kind of playoff format... They don't want it to go any later than the end of July to award the cup... They sound pretty firm on wanting next season to start on time...
  13. If the season resumes, or when it does... It could go right into a playoff format, or maybe they play at least some of the remaining games to balance things out... Either way, I can't see why the Flames couldn't choose to keep Valimaki out of the mix... He's been out all season, so he could take too long to get up to a game shape condition level, risk of injury from returning too soon, etc... Just too many variables for the league to mandate a players return... The Flames would have a pretty strong case for keeping Valimaki out... Just my take...
  14. So is there a title for the song yet?... How about "Wuhanian Rhapsody"?...
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