It appears the NHL has narrowed its list of potential hub cities down to four.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Edmonton, Toronto, Las Vegas and Chicago appear to be the final considerations, meaning Los Angeles has fallen out of the running.

McKenzie noted earlier on Tuesday that the delay in naming the hub cities could have to do with the NHL and NHLPA trying to finalize all the Phase 4 protocols/terms before making any announcements.

In Tuesday evening's edition of Insider Trading, McKenzie reported that for the first time in a long time, Las Vegas no longer feels like a frontrunner due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, leading to the possibility of both hub cities being in Canada.

Find out more here from Insider Trading.

Phase 3 (training camp) is scheduled to begin on July 10, with Phase 4 in hub cities beginning in late July or early August.