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NHL to enter “Phase 2” in early June

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The next step towards the return of the NHL is announced on Monday

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The NHL announced it’s next step today, in a 29-page document detailing “Phase 2” of getting back into things. Here’s the full thing, and we’ll break down the key points.

Here’s the important stuff:

Who: Up to six players at a time, in a voluntary manner.

When: “Based on the current information available, we are now targeting a date in early June for a transition to Phase 2.” But the memo also states, “it has not yet been determined when precisely Phase 2 will start or how long it may last. We are continuing to monitor developments in each of the Club’s markets, and may adjust the overall timing if appropriate, following discussion with all relevant parties.”

Where: All over the place!

As Matt Vensel pointed out, the last location of Nick Bjugstad and Jason Zucker was in Minnesota. And I believe that Jim Rutherford mentioned that Jake Guentzel had also gone back home for the latter stages of his rehab. Patrick Marleau, of course, is in San Jose, being as his family isn’t relocating, so you’d certainly think he will be skating at the Sharks facility in Phase 2. It’ll also be good news for Zucker, who can stay with his family for longer as well.

Safety:

Surely hockey player who often mask concussion symptoms will be self-reporting fevers or coughs, right? There was an eye roll in there.

Phase 3 is going to be full team training camps, which could be on track to start later in June or in early July, if all goes well. Phase 4 is restarting the season. The league still has a lot to figure out on how to get there, but Phase 2 is a major step for the Penguins and the rest of the league to get back towards unpausing the season.