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What's The Rush ?


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


In an interview last week with the NHL Network, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman indicated there was no rush to proceed in either the short term or the long term.

In terms of completing the 2019-20 regular season and the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bettman related they'll resume when health professionals say it's prudent to resume activities.

In terms of " next year ", Bettman offered backing up the start of the campaign to November or December was a consideration.

So while Gary Bettman would obviously like things to sort themselves out, he's not going to hurry the return of the NHL now and going forward.

You could apply the same lack of urgency to the Owen Sound Attack as it pertains to the signing of their 2020 Priority Selections.

In normal years, a signing or a sequence of signings, are formally announced at the annual Attack Barbeque.

There is no barbeque this year. As such there's no projected signing date for the newest Attack selections.

Owen Sound's MidWest Division rivals; Erie, Guelph, Kitchener and London, have all signed their first round picks and more.

The historic protocol in Owen Sound is to sign the first rounder first, in this case Cedric Guindon, then follow in descending order as the Spring & Summer unfold.

That process will continue for Owen Sound's OHL outfit, but like the NHL, Attack General Manager Dale DeGray, who doesn't anticipate any signing snags, seemingly is no hurry to make a formal announcement.


I'm Fred Wallace

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