A quick Friday night update because we live in a world where we’re desperate for any tiny morsel of quasi-information.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has put out a story saying Vegas will be confirmed as a hub city for the Stanley Cup Playoffs by June 22, but the truth is we should expect the official announcement before then.
Gary Bettman said as much on May 26 when he indicated it would be three weeks until the hub cities were finalized.
Vegas will be one of them. The other depends on how the Canadian government chooses to enforce the 14-day quarantine for those entering the country. We await an announcement there.
With training camps set to open July 10, teams need to know where this is going as soon as possible.
Ideally, the NHL would like to have a Canadian city serve as a hub alongside Vegas, but that won’t be finalized until the federal government makes a ruling. Toronto is the preferred destination, assuming the quarantine issue can be managed.