Montreal Canadians have to play in front of empty stands at the Bell Center because the National Hockey League (LNH) really has no choice but to postpone games to avoid losing revenue.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly explained at least the same thing over the microphone of the sportsnet network radio station on Monday evening.
“I’m not saying we’re at this point yet, but I’m saying we’re pretty good,” he argued. I do not expect too many games to be postponed in Canada.
⁇[Le calendrier] Constantly updated and modified. We probably have a little room left, but not much. “
A series of restrictions announced by regional governments due to the revival of COVID-19 are currently limiting the capacity of amphitheaters. While Ontario allows 1,000 spectators per event, games in Quebec and Manitoba must take place behind closed doors.
Hobbs also played a match without spectators on December 16. A few days later, the Betman Circuit announced that it was postponing several games on Canadian soil, including five games for the Canadians.
“The intention is definitely these games that we are postponing, we’re going to reschedule them and hope to be able to play in front of more fans,” Dolly said. It’s good for the fans, the teams and the players. ”
Despite everything, the situation is very critical for the NHL.
“If you have seven clubs and you suddenly have problems hosting fans, it can be very difficult compared to a team with those limitations. So you have to try to be fair to everyone and you have to consider many different factors when deciding how to proceed.”
The Canadian will face the New Jersey Devils on January 15 in Montreal. Next, a five-meeting tour awaits the Dominic Ducharm men, who will return to Quebec on January 27 to visit the Anaheim ducks.
The duel will be the first of four to take place at the Bell Center, before the scheduled break for the Olympic Games, which will be used instead of resuming 90 canceled games.