Editors Note: Rob Simpson will be providing coverage from inside the Toronto bubble throughout the playoffs for NYI Hockey Now and the Hockey Now network of sites.
TORONTO — Let’s start with the simple reality that the NHL has successfully pulled this off. Barring someone in the hub, a player or team staff, breaking protocol and doing something very stupid that ends up getting a lot of people sick, this bubble methodology will work.
Back in Phase two when teams were showing up at rinks and the Tampa Bay Lightning had a half dozen or more positive COVID tests, the picture wasn’t so rosy.
I was appropriately pessimistic. Yet again, however, an organization that has always impressed me with its event planning and execution has apparently done it again.