Report: NHL outlines postponement plan, to continue paying players
The NHL sent a memo to its players Friday outlining a rough plan for the coming days amid the postponed season, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.
Players will continue to receive their paychecks as scheduled. Three pay periods remained when the pause was announced.
Payments weren't guaranteed for players, as the CBA gives NHL owners the ability to negotiate different salary levels for players in the event that the league suspends its operations due to "a state of war or other cause beyond the control of the league or of the club," according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski.
Players were also asked to self-quarantine at home in their club's city and avoid travel. They'll be permitted to see family outside of their respective cities but must alert their team's general manager, per TSN's Darren Dreger.
The memo stressed that players adhere to the self-quarantine period, which will likely last approximately a week, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. This would allow the NHL "to be in the best position possible to assess (the) next steps regarding the potential resumption of play."
Players are encouraged to work out at home and not organize informal skates at public arenas, according to Seravalli. Those rehabbing from injuries can continue to use team facilities if necessary but are recommended to use alternative methods such as FaceTime or webinars with training staff.
After the quarantine period is complete, the league hopes to first re-open the team's facilities for players to work on conditioning before introducing a training camp period to get back to game speed.
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