Updated: Friday, 5:49 p.m.
The NHL has targeted Monday of next week as the start of Phase 2 in its plan to resume and finish the season.
Phase 2 permits players to return to team practice facilities for voluntary small-group individualized training activities, whether it be on or off the ice.
Below is a statement Thursday night from the NHL:
Beginning June 8 - subject to each club's satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol - clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six players at any one time, plus a limited number of club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.
All necessary preparations for Phase 2, including those that require player participation (education, diagnostic testing, scheduling for medicals, etc.), can begin immediately. The NHL and the NHLPA continue to negotiate over an agreement on the resumption of play.
Here is the NHL's detailed protocol for Phase 2. Phase 3 (mandatory team training camps) won't happen before July 10, which means the implementation of Phase 4 (resuming play) can occur at the earliest late July, with the beginning of August an option.
The NHL on Thursday also announced further details on the 24-team return-to-play format, which looks good for the fourth-seeded Flyers.
Players and permitted personnel returning to Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, could be an important step toward the club finishing its 2019-20 resurgence.
"This is obviously something a little different, but we've got a lot of experience," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said in late April. "I'm very confident that we can get something together that's going to be very efficient for the players, very efficient to get our team ready and hopefully that's what happens."
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