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Wake With Elias- June 4, 2020: NHL Announces More Playoff Info, Sens Foundation Parts Ways With Team And More

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This little nugget of info came out a short while ago, and certainly alters how things could go for any team in the playoffs:

You have to believe one team that is thrilled with this would be the Toronto Maple Leafs, because this means that a win in the play-in round doesn’t automatically doom them to a quarter-final matchup against the Boston Bruins. It could still happen, but it’s not guaranteed depending on how the seeding goes.

The other big news this morning came out of Ottawa, as the Senators Foundation announced it would be severing all ties with the club:

On the surface, this seems very much like business as usual for one of the NHL’s most chaotic franchises. Dig a little deeper, and it looks like another brutal PR nightmare for Eugene Melnyk. Could it be related to the Sens Foundation releasing a statement in support of Black Lives Matter yesterday, something only the Sens and the New York Rangers have refused to do?

It certainly doesn’t look good. I will defer to the expert here, until we know more:

The Sens Foundation has done amazing work in the community, and will continue to do so, just without a connection to the team. Let’s just hope that those who count on the help that they provide don’t end up getting affected by this.

There’s breaking news out of Pittsburgh, as a member of the Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19:

No word yet on who the player is, but you have to think that the timing is frustrating what with the NHL making an announcement minutes earlier about the playoff format.

Finally, a stick tap for Cory Hergott of Canucks Army, who is hanging up his keyboard to devote more time to family. He’s been a rockstar with his coverage of the Utica Comets for Canucks Nation, and his hard work and perspectives will be missed.