We won’t be seeing the Tampa Bay Lightning on the ice any time soon.
The NHL has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff to April 30. This will be the third time the NHL has extended their deadline. The previous deadline was April 15.
This NHL released this statement:
“The NHL, following consultation with our medical experts, as well as with representatives of the [NHL Players' Association], has made the decision to extend the self-quarantine recommendation for NHL players, coaches and hockey staff through and including Thursday, April 30. The self-quarantine had been in place through April 15.”
The league has been looking into different options to finish the season, if possible. That includes playing games without fans and looking into a neutral site playoff format where teams can compete for the Stanley Cup over the summer months.
“There’s been a lot of speculation that we’re going to play in North Dakota and a variety of other places the fact is when you’re in the position that all of us are in, you have to be prepared to relaunch when the opportunity presents itself which means not rule out any alternative and be prepared even if it turns out to not be realistic,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told CNN Newsroom.