With the NHL season being put on pause, we don’t know if the Chicago Blackhawks will ever pick up play again. There are some rumors surrounding this time that could be of use.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had their up and downs this season, but maybe, they’ll have to wait two months to pick play back up. There have been rumors of a 24 team playoff run, the league going by point-percentage to determine the playoff standings, and just cutting the season to the playoffs.
I’m not sure which one will take place. It could be likely that none of that will happen, the league could just pick back up as normal. Everything is just speculation right now.
According to Jason Myrtetus on Twitter, with other sources confirming it, like TSN, the NHL has a player proposal plan for when the season is given the green light. This plan involves their being a two-week training camp, finishing the season, and starting the playoffs in August.
Starting the playoffs in August gives the league a short time to prepare for the 2020-21 NHL season. As stated here, the NHL draft would happen in October, with the season starting in November.
I would assume they’d be taking out the preseason. Doing that could make up for the lack of rest players would get over the summer. Look, the league is desperate to finish the season. It has a lot to do with money.
So right now, the Blackhawks have time to rest. If the season doesn’t pick up until July, the older players have time to rest. That also could help the Blackhawks playoff chances. This is almost the start of a new season. If they can rattle off wins when coming back, the Blackhawks might be a playoff team.
This is just speculation as of right now. We’ll know more as time goes on. I am 50/50 on this plan. I don’t think it’s good for the players to have little to no time off for their “summer.” This will affect the league for a while.
If the 2021 season starts in November, the Stanley Cup won’t be handed out until late June or even early July.