In the second such extension for players and staff, the new date follows the
thinking of deputy commissioner Bill Daly to stretch the timeframe for a
potential return to activity as each deadline arrives.

The NHL first advised players more than two weeks ago to enter lockdown until
March 27.

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Some international players have returned to their countries of origin and the
NHL also granted permission for players to leave their home market.

The NHL is planning to return this season and requested teams to explore arena
availability and backup options through the month of August.

The NHL's chief medical officer, Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, said the league would
need to be crystal clear in the risk involved before agreeing to any return to
the ice.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Tuesday he believes the league could
return after two weeks of workouts for players to upramp conditioning.

--Field Level Media

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