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• Expect a decision on the 2020 NHL Draft “this week or next week,” according to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. [Ottawa Citizen]
• Don Koharski on how today’s NHL officials are staying ready when play resumes. [Scouting the Refs]
• Nicklas Backstrom on the latest 24-team, conference-based playoff proposal: “Yes, as it now feels, it will probably be the only option.” [NoVa Caps]
• Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy would prefer a traditional 16-team playoff format. [NBC Sports Boston]
• Rick Tocchet is confident that Taylor Hall will have the Coyotes on his list of options when free agency opens. [ESPN]
• Add Brandon Tanev to the list of NHLers getting into rollerblading during the pause. [Tribune-Review]
• Tyson Barrie on his future: “It’s a weird time to be heading into free agency, that’s for sure.” [TSN]
• The problem with the Blackhawks’ roster. [Last Word on Hockey]
• “I miss that life. I certainly miss the playing, I miss the camaraderie, I miss my teammates, I miss all of that. It’s been difficult.” What the pandemic has meant for local hockey players. [NBC Sports Washington]
• Why re-signing Dylan Strome should be a priority for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks this off-season. [NBC Sports Chicago]
• Looking at ways to improve a fan-less game day experience. [Oilers Nation]
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