2020-2021 season. Start now pushed to February 5, 2021

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  1. Jackets Woodchuck Registered User

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    If this is still an issue during the 2021-22 season, I'm not sure there's still sports.
     
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    There will be sports, just not as we know it in areas that are as restrictive as NY, Michigan, and California. But hey, as long as "peaceful protesting" is allowed and encouraged, that is fine with certain governments.
     
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    If it's safe to hold sports everywhere else by then, I have to imagine there will be political pressure on those states to start opening fully also.
     
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    San Jose (AHL) and Binghamton's parent clubs probably couldn't care less if there AHL team's played in front of no fans.
     
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    I am all for the teams opening and, if necessary, playing the entire season in a friendlier atmosphere. The players, staff, and owners need to earn paychecks as well. I am hoping that once the Elections are over here in the USA, one way or another, we get back to some form of what we once had regarding events that draw crowds.
    As other have mentioned, at the AHL level, the teams will not make a profit without warm bodies in the stands. No business person is going to open his/her business if they are going to lose money.
     
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    Has there been any talk of AHL teams opting out of playing this season, similar to what is happening in the ECHL?
     
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    that is still being reviewed by the same group that was placed in charge when the season abruptly ended.... all we know is Bakersfield/Stockton/Utica aren't going anywhere despite the rumors of temporarily relocating those franchises, Howson shot that down, when Utica media contacted the league seeking a clarification, otherwise it's Howson's call as to when a season may start..

    remember, there are only 11 independently owned franchises that are not owned or operated by the parent affiliate or have a close association with the parent franchise.
     
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    it also sounds like NHL Teams are preparing for a set # of "taxi squad" players, similiar to the playoff setup where AHL teams who are normally not qualified for a postseason receive those prospects....
     
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    My impression of the "Taxi Squad" was that those players would remain with the NHL team (practicing and traveling, receiving NHL per diem) but would receive their AHL salary and not count toward the NHL salary cap. So basically they are "sent down on paper" but don't actually report to the AHL team, and remain eligible to be added to the NHL roster without going through quarantine.
     
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    THAT'S the reports being discussed at least through Vancouver's perspective, which is likely also under discussion with that oversight committee in addition to President Howson as how the AHL proceeds from March, 2020.

    we've lost that perspective as to what each franchise and the internal philosophies as there really was only a handful of posters who covered issues internally between the league, member clubs, as they're referenced etc.....

    all of those "insiders" now have pivoted toward their current clubs, and those internal discussions, more so, with Commissioner Crelin, since those member clubs are now in the ECHL.
     
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    What will the AHL look like next season?
    What will the AHL look like next season? – The Athletic

    Scott Howson is an optimist by nature.

    The AHL president continues to rely on that sense of optimism as the league’s previously proposed start date of Feb. 5 inches closer with no plans on delaying the start of the season.

    “There’s a strong appetite amongst our teams and their NHL partners to try and make this season work,” Howson told The Athletic.

    As information about what the 2020-21 NHL season will look like trickles out and a picture of the season comes into focus, many within the AHL are waiting for similar updates.

    “You probably know more than I do,” said one AHL coach.

    And so while many around the league want to share Howson’s optimism, there is also a sense of anxiety.

    “Definitely a lot of questions still to be answered,” said Grand Rapids Griffins defenceman Dylan McIlrath. “And it is kind of nerve-wracking. Obviously, hopefully, the NHL can get going. It’s...​

    Mod edit: site rule 6 (copyright).
     
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    Sharks GM mentions that they have made plans for AHL Barracuda camp and/or games IF they cannot play in San Jose (Santa Clara County). No specifics released (nearly a month before camp could start).
     
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