Here are the postseason updates, along with everything Chicago Blackhawks fans need to know on July 1st, 2020.
According to sources close to the NHL, the city of Chicago is no longer in the running to be a hub city. As this comes as a surprise to some, it doesn’t phase many, as it wouldn’t be an advantage to the Chicago Blackhawks anyways.
This comes after both the governor and the mayor of Chicago came out in favor of being a hub city for the NHL’s expanded playoffs.
This won’t change much, with complications in other cities, Edmonton and Toronto will be the two hub cities, which comes as a surprise after Edmonton was ruled out just a few days ago.
Another big update comes to us involving ELC players, like Ian Mitchell, who signed their first NHL contracts during the NHL Pause. Those players will not be able to participate in this year’s postseason, per reports.
This is something that does come as a surprise, as there shouldn’t be a reason why players under contract couldn’t be able to make their NHL debut in the 24-team playoff. This is something that could hurt the Blackhawks, as a Mitchell debut could add depth to the injured defensive core.
Luckily for the team, Calvin de Haan is expected to return, which is positive after he missed more than half of the season from injury.