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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals hoists the Stanley Cup after the team's 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The National Hockey League is willing to play the long game.

And even with the league’s self-quarantining period extended once again on Tuesday — this time through Apr. 30 — the league remains focused on what they do for the 2019-20 season. So much so that they’re willing to delay the 2020-21 season if it means awarding the Stanley Cup this summer.

According to hockey columnist Pierre LeBrun, that would mean pushing the start of the next season from October to November, canceling every team’s bye week and the All-Star Game, and then playing the playoffs into late June 2021. That would be a one-year tweak that would create some pain next season but essentially allow the NHL to return to normalcy for the 2021-22 season.

That desire to return to normalcy is a sentiment shared by everybody in the world right now, really, as the COVID-19 pandemic has paused our entire way of life, and with no set end date in sight.

Read more on this story at the Sportshub.

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