While the NHL is among the American sports leagues that appear to have their ducks in a row ahead of a potential return to action, it does not look like that is as close to happening as it might have appeared to be a week or two ago. According to the latest reports, the league is still not going to be looking at venues- or ‘hub’ cities- to take the action to for weeks yet. The first step is to create a list of cities that they could go to, and it sounds as if they have done just that.
Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver are the ones that they will narrow down the list from, and the Commissioner, Gary Bettman, has said that they will take their time over the coming weeks to select the best candidates for the job. Common sense would dictate that four or six of them are likely to be chosen, depending on how the teams are divided up. We shall see on that, but it does not look as if the Canadian cities are great candidates currently. Anyone entering the country at present has to go through a 14-day quarantine period, drastically cutting the legs out from under such a plan.