In the NHL's latest guidelines in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, the league looked ahead to when they hope to return to action.
The CDC is strongly recommending that no gatherings of 50 or more people take place for the next eight weeks. So, in compliance with that, the league is hoping to open "a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period."
The league's notice added that once the self-quarantine period is over, allowing teams to open up their facilities for "scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care" can occur.
In the immediate, players are allowed to return to their regular off-season homes outside of their team's city. They must still adopt the self-quarantine rules through March 27 -- and that's, of course, subject to change with the evolution of the virus continuing to change things by the day.
With the regular season just weeks away from finishing before the season was suspended, players have been waiting around to see what the next steps might be.
International players are allowed to return to their home country "to the extent flights are available."
Once play resumes, how will it look? The Post's Larry Brooks said he believes a 24-team playoff tournament that is "spectator-free" would be the league's best-case scenario. With the CDC's recommendation of eight weeks of self-quarantine, a tournament toward the end of May or early-June could make sense.
Like the rest of the leagues, the NHL will continue to monitor the situation. Right now, they find it best for its players to head home and wait for the next update that will hopefully involve a more clear date as to when play will resume.