Dreger: Best-case scenario is Phase 2 will start 'at the end of this month'

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How the 2019-20 National Hockey League season will be completed continues to remain in limbo as the league, the NHL Players' Association and the Return to Play Committee finalize a plan to be followed through with this summer.

It seems pretty clear that the objective is to get the 2019-20 season completed in some fashion, and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has not even contemplated canceling the rest of the year. At the time of the league's shutdown on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of its teams had gotten in 68-71 games of the 82-game regular season.

As of right now, the NHL remains in Phase 1 of its return to play initiative, where players still remain in lockdown at home. However, TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger says that there is hope that the next phase of the NHL's return to action will come sooner rather than later.

"Phase 2 is bringing the players back, and then getting them not only in self-isolation, b