The Montreal Canadiens are in the playoffs.
Now that we have that improbable bit of news out of the way, the only questions are if, when and where the National Hockey League will proceed with its plans for a 24-team tournament to determine the Stanley Cup winner.
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The plan was given the green light Friday evening when the National Hockey League Players Association issued the following statement:
“The executive board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format to determine the winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup. Several details remain to be negotiated and an agreement on the format would still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.”
The NHL Board of Governors approved the 24-team format earlier in the week but there have been few details about the format or the location for the games, which will be played in empty arenas to be determined later.