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Updates on the 2021 Season, Reverse Retro Jerseys, and Fan Confidence in the Front Office

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It’s the Thursday Edition of Links, News and Notes!

2020 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Brad Crowe/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are some of the news stories that got our attention this week:

  • We recently got a few more updates on the NHL’s plan for the 2021 season. The NHL, TSN and Sportsnet all had good write-ups of Bettman’s most recent media availability.

Bettman is adamant that he won’t ask players to play a whole season in a bubble, which makes sense considering how this year’s playoffs went. It sounds like the plan is to have a sort of hybrid bubble system, with teams spending a few weeks in a bubble, playing a bunch of games, then going back home for a bit before entering another bubble.

He also mentioned that travel will be complicated, especially across the US-Canada border, and that they might be forced to change up the divisions a bit to accommodate that reality. It certainly gives us hope for the possibility of an all-Canadian division.

Of course, none of this is set in stone — Bettman didn’t rule out the possibility of teams being able to play in their own areas — but it definitely seems like we’re getting closer to a decision.

  • Speaking of the potential all-Canadian bubble, TSN spoke to a few players on Canadian teams about the idea, and they all agreed that it would be a strange situation. Personally, I’m still angry that Jean-Gabriel Pageau wouldn’t get to participate.
  • Adidas and the NHL are teasing new “Reverse Retro” jerseys for all the teams. The Sens tweeted this out:

We’ve been spoiled with new jersey releases lately, haven’t we?

This better be a new SNES jersey.

I still think Poppy and I should’ve replaced him.