Flyers GM hopes to finish season, but public safety comes first

Ed Benkin
March 30, 2020 - 7:49 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The NHL is planning several scenarios in case it is safe for hockey to return, but Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher said playoff possibilities are of little importance compared to the battle against coronavirus.

“There’s lots of different ideas out there and a lot of creative solutions. It’s a good way to pass the time right now, but until things change and we have more information, it’s going to be hard to know what will happen,” he said. 

There is a chance the league may not finish this season, but if hockey does return, Fletcher said it will be for the right reason.

“We all want to play. Again, if we’re playing, it means that this situation has changed dramatically and we’re in a much better spot,” he reiterated.

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Fletcher said his players have been on lockdown since leaving Tampa the day the league came to a halt.

“I am not aware of anybody that we had to take any particular precautions with other than once we got back from Tampa Bay,” he noted. “Everybody’s tried to heed the advice of the NHL and self-isolate.”

Until that day comes, Fletcher acknowledged the hard work of medical professionals. 

“We thank all the people working on the frontlines of this pandemic — the doctors, nurses, hospital workers.”

The NHL has already postponed several post-season events scheduled for late June, including its Scouting Combine, awards show and Draft.