Rangers Roundup: Blueshirts playing in Newark, no match-fixing found in Sweden, and more
As both the NHL and NHLPA work with lawyers to hammer out all the remaining details on the 2021 season, there’s a chance the Rangers could be playing in New Jersey to start the season.
New York Rangers could play in Newark Hub
There is a rising concern that some teams like those based in California will not be able to even conduct training camp in their home cities. “We have a couple of clubs that can’t hold training camp or conduct games even without fans in their current buildings and facilities, and we’re going to have to move them somewhere else to play,” Bettman explained.
“If enough teams can’t play, again, without fans, in their own facilities, then we may have to move more and more towards a hub,” the commissioner continued. As to where those hubs will be; Vegas, Columbus, Newark, Toronto and Edmonton are being discussed per Elliotte Friedman.
Swedish Team cleared of match-fixing allegation
Recently we reported that Blueshirts prospect Olof Lindbom was unwittingly involved in a game that was being investigated for match-fixing. His team Mora won the game 8-4 and their opponent Bjorkloven was under suspicion of rigging the match.
Today we learn that after an investigation by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, they have been cleared. The only thing Bjorkloven can be charged with is playing a really crappy hockey game.
Opening Night Triple Header
The NHL is reportedly looking to kick off the much anticipated 2021 season with a bang. According to Frank Seravalli, the league may do a triple header for opening night.
On tap first would be the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Chicago Blackhawks to witness the 2019-2020 Stanley Cup Banner raising. That would be soon followed by the New York Rangers battling the Boston Bruins in the East.
Finally, the West contest would likely be the Colorado Avalanche against the St. Louis Blues. This is all subject to change as is the targeted January 13th start date.