NHL: ‘I think this season is the most exciting I’ve been involved in’
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday that the league is bringing back the Stanley Cup Finals for the 2020-21 season, in which the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, and Tampa Bay Lightning will face off in six games.
The announcement was made during a press conference at the team’s training facility in St. Louis, where Bettman had the chance to see the arena, and meet some of the fans.
“I think it’s the most anticipated thing we’ve done in our history,” Bettman said.
“I’m really excited about it.
I’m really looking forward to it.
It’s a really exciting time for hockey in the United States.
I think this is going to be the most electrifying season that we’ve ever seen.
We’re going to see some very exciting hockey and a lot of excitement.”
Bettman also said that he expects the schedule to be very competitive, with the Flyers and Devils being joined by the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres as possible playoff teams.
“The playoffs will be a tremendous experience for fans,” he said.
Bettampioners plan for ‘extraordinary season’With Bettman announcing the playoffs as a possible playoff team, the Flyers have made their plans for the next season very clear.
“This year will be the largest season in our organization’s history, and that will be something we are looking forward too,” said general manager Ron Hextall.
“We will be working very hard to create the most successful year that we can in terms of both wins and losses.
We’ll be a playoff team.
The playoffs will bring us the greatest excitement we’ve had in the organization’s long history.”
The Flyers are in the midst of a rebuilding phase with the franchise, which had been in the NHL for 26 years when Bettman took over in 2008.
The Flyers are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with 29 wins and were in last place in the conference standings in 2016-17.
The Flyers finished last in the Metropolitan Division with 31 points and have been in last in all three of the division’s final playoff spots.
The team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in 2016 by the Washington Capitals, who defeated them in five games to finish second overall in the division.
The Capitals lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cups final.