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Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic first reported the league’s plan to use four sites to host the remainder of the season, which was suspended in March out of concern for the coronavirus. Minnesota, Edmonton, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Dallas were also reportedly being considered.
Each NHL team has 11-14 games remaining in the regular season before the start of the playoffs.
“It’ll be four cities if that’s the route we go—and by the way, all of this is contingent, nothing has been decided. This is just part of the modeling I talked about where we’re making sure we’re prepared for any eventuality. Maybe it’ll be two cities. It’s not something that we can predict right at this moment, but this is a part of the contingencies.”
The league had originally asked teams about their arena availability through August.
The four-city plan would reduce travel while keeping players as safe as possible from COVID-19.
As Granger reported, Las Vegas would be especially valuable in this scenario because of the abundance of hotels available, allowing teams to spread out in order to limit contact.
T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights, also has multiple locker rooms. It was able to host 12 basketball teams for the Pac-12 tournament.
Nevada also has limited exposure to the coronavirus so far, ranking 29th among U.S. states in confirmed cases through Friday, per CNN.com.