NHL: Return to play committee discussing 24-team format

The NHL and NHLPA are “making progress” on a plan that would allow the 2019–20 season to resume with a 24-team format, according to The Athletic‘s Pierre LeBrun

The Return to Play committee, formed of individuals from the league and players’ union, reportedly talked throughout the weekend on next steps with a focus on a 24-team format. While there is “more work to do” in determining details, both sides are seemingly closer to agreeing upon what a resumed season would entail. 

If approved, the 24-team format would not jump straight to the postseason as players have pushed for regular-season games to take place in any return to play plan, per LeBrun. The schedule would reportedly involve “games in some form” before playoff games begin, with locations not yet specified. 

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