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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league will consider every relevant detail before making their decision on hub cities when asked if the COVID-19 numbers in the United States are causing them to re-evaluate Las Vegas.
"Every relevant consideration will be fairly evaluated before decisions are made and announced," Daly told TSN's Ryan Rishaug.
Las Vegas is one of five hub city finalists and has been an expected destination as one of the two hubs for the league's Phase 4, which is scheduled to begin in late July or early August.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, a league source says no hub city decision is expected until Monday at the earliest, so it appears things will be hanging in the balance for at least another few days.
Originally, 10 hub cities were listed as possibilities by the NHL during their May 26 Return to Play format announcement.
TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reported at the time that Vegas was one of the front runners, while the status of three possible Canadian destinations -- Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver -- were unclear because of a mandatory federal quarantine law upon entering the country.
Vancouver has since removed itself from hub city consideration.
While Daly originally said this would be a major obstacle for the league potentially selecting at least one Canadian locale, restrictions have been loosened as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this month he would be open to the waiving of mandatory quarantine if local health authorities were on board.
The NHL paused its regular season on March 12, one day after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and began a domino effect that shut down much of the professional sports landscape.
Phase 3 (training camp) is scheduled to begin on July 10.