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

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

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.

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