"We're not going to move all 7 Canadian franchises south of the 49th parallel ... so we have to look at alternative methods to play," Bettman stated Tuesday as part of a virtual panel discussion throughout the 2020 Paley International Council Summit. Andi Petrillo speaks with NHL analyst Dave Poulin."The Canadian teams are rather strong," Montreal head coach Claude Julien said in October."It would be quite cool, particularly for Canadian hockey fans," Canucks captain Bo Horvat stated."If that is the case, an all-Canadian division, I think it would be quite distinct," he said. NHL expert Dave Poulin goes over NHL's next steps:

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the league? Andi Petrillo talks to NHL expert Dave Poulin. 6:03 It stays to be seen if Canadian clubs would set up in a center or travel to specific cities, but if the Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks wind up organized together, fans might be in for a reward.

"The Canadian teams are rather strong," Montreal head coach Claude Julien said in October. "It might be a really competitive department. We understand that Ottawa is being rebuilt-- that does not mean they aren't competitive-- but the other groups all believe in their possibility to make the playoffs.

"People are most likely to see extremely competitive and extremely interesting hockey."

Six of Canada's seven franchises participated in the summer season resumption of play, with only the Senators on the outdoors looking in. There's optimism in each city for whenever the league gets going-- the NHL continues to target a Jan. 1 start date-- and the temperature in between rivals could be turned up with more games versus the very same opponents.

"It would be pretty cool, specifically for Canadian hockey fans," Canucks captain Bo Horvat stated. "It'll be heated and it'll be some good hockey if it happens."

Rivalries galore

It also does not injure that some of the game's greatest names-- consisting of Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Marner and Auston Matthews with Toronto, Vancouver's Elias Pettersson and Winnipeg's Patrik Laine-- might be pitted against each other regularly.

"It would be a cool experience," Marner stated. "We've just got to be ready for whatever occurs."

Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa generally play in the Atlantic Division, Winnipeg is in the Central, and Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary are in the Pacific.