NHL Plans To Test Players Daily When Season Resumes
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the league "plans to test all players every day when games start happening," according to Stephen Whyno of the AP. Daly said, “We will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test." The league said that each test "costs approximately $125," and Commissioner Gary Bettman "estimated 25,000-35,000 will be needed to get through the playoffs -- a price tag, he concedes, of 'millions of dollars.'" Daly said that one person testing positive for the coronavirus would "not necessarily mean another pause for the NHL." Leaguewide testing done daily "would allow the isolation of an infected player, coach or staff member before the start of an outbreak" (AP, 5/31).
CAPS GM OFFERS CAUTION: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on the league's restart efforts said, “Answers aren’t always completely there, so it is frustrating that way, so I think we move forward cautiously,” He added, “We would love to play games, but if it doesn’t make sense, it might not even happen" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/30).
JOB ALMOST DONE: In N.Y., Larry Brooks cited sources as saying that the NHLPA’s Return to Play Committee, which has been "essential in working with the league on the 24-team return, will likely be dissolved once the parties nail down the final details of the tournament." Issues such as "bracketing vs. reseeding, and determining whether the first two rounds of the 16-team playoffs will be best-of-five or best-of-seven are the outstanding items on the docket." They are "expected to be resolved this week." (N.Y. POST, 5/31).