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Hot Links: Tuesday, September 29

Tampa Bay wins it all, Ken Holland’s TODOs, preliminary info about what next season might look like, more 2020 Draft profiles, and MORE!

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2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Morning, folks!

Well, that’s it. It’s over. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champions. Good for them.

Looking ahead, TSN’s Frank Seravalli had this news this morning:

Meetings between the NHL and its PA are forthcoming, in which the two parties are set to discuss bubble ideas including:

  • a 48 or 60 game regular season
  • a two weeks in-bubble, one week off rotation
  • teams playing 12 games per month
  • at least one bubble in Canada; potentially an all-Canadian division
  • US bubble sites being in places where local/state regulations mean fans can attend

In the meantime, Ken Holland’s got a lot on his plate this week, with the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft slated for a week from now. There are a few RFAs — well, at least Ethan Bear — that require new deals, the Andreas Athanasiou problem needs a resolution, and the first team is still a few players short of really competing with a team like Tampa. Recall that their captain, Steven Stamkos, played less than three minutes in the entire playoffs and they still won. Can you even believe that? The Oilers without Connor McDavid are basically an AHL team.

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With The No. 14 Overall Pick, The Edmonton Oilers Select… Jack Quinn? (Oilersnation)

Should Oilers Draft Askarov With 14th Pick? (Oilersnation)

NHL to consider concept of hybrid bubbles for 2021 season (TSN)

Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Work Week: Get Good Players, Keep Good Players (Athletic)