NHL: “Tentative Agreement” Inches Closer to Fruition, But Obstacles Remain

The NHL and NHLPA have reached a “tentative agreement” to play 56 games in the upcoming regular season, with a start date set for January 13 of 2021. That tentative agreement is pending a vote from the Board of Directors and the NHLPA, plus there are quite a few variables before anything concrete is established.Continue reading “NHL: “Tentative Agreement” Inches Closer to Fruition, But Obstacles Remain”

NHL: Temporary Divisional Realignment in the Works

All signs point to temporary divisional realignment for the 2020-2021 NHL season, as has been widely believed, but we now have a few hints as to what that looks like. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday during an online interview with the Maccabi USA Sports Show that travel restrictions in place to contend with theContinue reading “NHL: Temporary Divisional Realignment in the Works”

NHL: League, NHLPA Discussing January 15 Start Date

Raise your hand if you knew the NHL was going to have trouble sticking to January 1 as a hard date to return to play. According to multiple reports, January 15 is now the date on the presumptive calendar. The NHL and the NHLPA have been talking about mid-January in recent days, with training campsContinue reading “NHL: League, NHLPA Discussing January 15 Start Date”

NHL: Planning Continues, Flexibility is Key

The NHL is still putting together its plan for the 2020-2021 season and flexibility is key. On Friday, the league’s deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the @TheRink podcast that they could use one scheduling model to start the year and finish in another direction. Both the NHL and NHLPA are discussing the capacity for teamsContinue reading “NHL: Planning Continues, Flexibility is Key”

NHL: League Hoping to Hammer Out Return to Play Plan This Week

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days in which the NHL makes some sort of decision about the 2020-2021 season. According to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, deputy commissioner Bill Daly sent out a memo Tuesday that indicated the league wants to “make a recommendation” at the board of governors meeting Thursday aboutContinue reading “NHL: League Hoping to Hammer Out Return to Play Plan This Week”