After weeks of dry spells with hockey news and uncertainty of whether or not NHL hockey will actually be played, we finally got more clarity. The report from Elliotte Friedman is simple: the NHL is coming back.
There is word tonight NHL & NHLPA have tentative deal on 56-game season.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 19, 2020
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the NHL and NHLPA reportedly agreed on the January 13 start date as well as the Canadian Division remaining intact. There still remains a vote by the Board of Governors at some point this weekend along with sorting out health protocols with the Canadian teams, as per Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.
We are still days away from an official announcement from the league and a schedule won’t be getting released until some time after that. But make no mistake about it: this is the best Christmas present any NHL fan could have asked for.
#NHL/#NHLPA Agreement: Players have the option to opt-out for the upcoming season, if player or immediate family member is considered high-risk. (Believe it is without pay.)
Team would have option of tolling contract for the year.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 19, 2020
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