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What kind of environment awaits Bruins up in Toronto’s ‘Secure Zone’?

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The NHL’s Board of Governors and NHLPA have still not ratified the extensive “Return To Play” protocols and CBA extension that will charter a course for pro hockey through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond — but based on recent reports, it appears as though such an agreement between both parties is more of a matter of when, not if. 

While we will likely not get our hands on the full memorandum of understanding until the agreement is officially approved, we’ve already received plenty of details of what to expect in the coming years — whether it be opt-out clauses and an increased playoff pool this season or a flat cap and additional financial concessions in the years ahead.

But given that the final steps of these negotiations have primarily centered around ironing out the finer details of this new CBA, more and more nuggets of information are starting to emerge about Phase 4 of the NHL’s Return to Play plan — with TSN’s Frank Seravalli painting a pretty vivid picture about what playoff clubs like the Bruins should expect when they make the move up to Canada at the end of the month. 

While we already have a pretty good idea of the locations and “Bubble” venues  (Toronto / Canadian National Exhibition grounds for the Eastern Conference + Edmonton / ICE District for the Western Conference) for Phase 4, Seravalli shed light on some of the smaller details beyond what is expected when players take to the ice at both Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Place. 

Here are a few of the highlights of what players can expect in the "Bubble" — or, as the NHL is now calling it: "Phase 4 Secure Zones." Hardcore.