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NHLPA Approves Going Forward with 24-Team Playoff Talks

NHLPA Approves Going Forward with 24-Team Playoff Talks

JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:18 PM

The NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated. 

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The NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player representatives in making the announcement Friday night, a day after the proposal was presented to the union’s executive board.

In giving the format the green light, the NHLPA stressed several details still need to be negotiated. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league has a plan in place. He did not provide details.

Numerous questions remain unanswered. Issues range from where to play to when the league can begin asking players to return to their respective teams.

Under the plan, the top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round to set the final 16 to compete for the Stanley Cup.

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JOHN WAWROW and STEPHEN WHYNO

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