Rangers Roundup: “Great” TV and rumor that NHL players coming back in May?

Good morning fans! While it is raining on most of New York the great news about beating the COVID-19 virus continues. Yesterday we reported that the NHL has already started investigating sites for the inevitable return as well as the likely 24 team scenario for the playoffs. Let’s dive in further.

Rumor: Players to return in May?

Larry Brooks is reporting that one NHL team has told its players to get ready to return by May 15th. While it sounds like great news, the NHL did throw some cold water on the dream. Of course, where there’s smoke there’s fire and the league is dead set on returning, it’s just a matter of when and how.

The Post has learned that at least one NHL team has told its players to be prepared to report on May 15 to begin informal workouts that would precede a training camp of up to three weeks. Not all teams have acted in a similar manner. “I don’t know what Clubs are telling their Players,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Post via email. “We have not specified or articulated any ‘target dates’ to our Clubs at this point.”

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In a video conference, Bruins President Cam Neely reiterated all recent reporting about playing again being a certainty barring no changes with the Pandemic.

“I can tell you this. Both the players & NHL ownership want to do whatever possible to get this season completed,” said Neely, on a Thursday afternoon virtual town hall with Bruins season ticket-holders. “If that means playing into the summer then we’re all willing to do that. The feeling is there’s an opportunity to be able to push next season back and still get an 82-game schedule in next year. Everything is on the table to try and get the [2019-20] season completed.

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Great One TV

Wayne Gretzky, the Great One is ready to turn MSG Networks into the Greatest show on TV tomorrow! Yes, I love Wayne and you can read about that here.

Starting at 2PM, the action will include some of the top Rangers moments from Wayne Gretzky’s career, including his first-ever game with the Blueshirts, iconic playoff moments in ’97 and his star-studded Garden sendoff in the final game of his NHL career.

Here’s a look at the schedule: