NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference on December 4th. (AP)
The NHL is pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not a month or more. The league and NHL Players' Association told players Monday they can go home - even out of North America - and must self-isolate through March 27 while the season is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL also cautioned that it will not be able to even provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could make May the earliest possible restart date.