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Las Vegas “Virtually A Lock” As NHL Hub City

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It’s one of the worst kept secrets, the city of Las Vegas is the front runner to become one of the NHL’s playoff hubs.

I think out West that Vegas is virtually a lock. I don’t know that there’s one perfect place but I sense that Vegas has an inside track.-Ray Ferraro, Ray & Dregs podcast

With the decision still in the hands of the league, TSN insider’s Ray Ferraro and Darren Dreger spoke with Commissioner Gary Bettman about the plan to return to play and the selected hubs. Which could impact the Golden Knights and our city.

I’m going to have to make a decision collectively on this probably in about three weeks. I think in two weeks we’ll start narrowing down even further. Somewhere around three weeks we’re going to have to pull the trigger and start finalizing the arrangements and make our deposits. -Bettman

Over the past two months, we’ve covered every reason why Las Vegas makes sense to the NHL, but the decision really falls on the local and state governments. Bettman’s mention that any decision was still weeks away helps the city government assess the logistics. Once elected officials make their decision, the NHL can choose Las Vegas or not. Personally, I have a feeling that both parties would like to come to an agreement.

Bettman stressed his concern about complying with the Canadian government’s Covid-19 border regulations, which could further help Las Vegas. Vancouver GM Jim Benning might’ve slipped up and hinted that an American city is more likely when he explained that the Canucks organization intends on moving training camp to the United States if the 14-day border quarantine is still in effect. Which would essentially eliminate any of the Canadian cities competing with Las Vegas.

It’s something that we’re thinking about, but also, too, we just want to give it a few more days just to see if something is going to change… The perfect scenario we’d like to use our facilities. We’re probably going to have 30, 32 guys here, and we have great facilities for our players, so we would like to do that first and foremost. But we’ve talked about moving it off-site. -Jim Benning, Canucks GM

The local and state governments are the biggest players here. Canadian officials are discussing easing their health restrictions, and here in Las Vegas the officials are trying to safely reopen the city. The Golden Knights may have some input but the decision really isn’t up to the organization.

While we’re not asking Canada to change it’s rules on quarantining when you come into the country, as a practical matter if those rules are in effect and what we’re doing isn’t enough to comply with them then we’re not going to be able to use those hub cities. -Bettman

So as the hockey world awaits Bettman and the league’s decision it’ll really come down to the status of our city and if the ones in charge feel comfortable enough to host a dozen franchises. The decision will come down to Covid-19 containment, testing availability, team facilities, amenities, and logistics. From all angles, Las Vegas should be a virtual lock.

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8 Comments

  1. DOC Williams

    Just want to see hockey, on tv, don’t care where from.

  2. Walt T

    Let’s hope there will be strong security to prevent what happened last night when an innocent Metro officer was shot in the back of the head. The NHL better hope our lock down governor wakes up as he is strangely silent while the officer clings to life. He has the National Guard on standby while people riot on our streets. I think he was too busy freaking out over some protestors shaking hands with Metro officers without gloves.

    • THE hockey GOD

      ” The NHL better hope our lock down governor wakes up as he is strangely silent while the officer clings to life. “” The democrats are eating each other alive. Cuomo blasted DeBlasio today. Our governor is MIA. The DEMS own this. They are officially now labeled as domestic terrorist organization. Biden staffers are bailing out these terrorist scumbags. They truly hate America.

      As for hockey in the desert or in any of major USA cities under attack by these agents of the democratic party, in the middle of summer? They are better off designating Canadian cities. Until the Democrats learn how to control their own, it would not be worthy. I am ashamed of the democrats and those Americans that still support this evil, pathetic, pitiful party. Their leaders (Pelosi, Schumer, and this fat pighead Gov) can not even muster a a meaningful condemnation of these thugs, murderers, rioters, looters, and arsonists.

  3. krphantom57

    Finally some really good partisan politics on this hockey site. When I wanna read about right wing politics, I always prefer to do it on hockey sites. Would be REALLY FUCKING NICE to get a break from this bullshit……..

    • The Noodle King

      Boogaloos gonna do what Boogaloos do especially with the Grand Boogaloo directing (rrrr…..inspecting…..) from his bunker.

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