What we (think we) know about hockey returning

After a period of uncertainty, we’ve gently been nudging towards an actual start date for the 2021 NHL season:

The working agreement is the agreement the two sides announced in July. Still a lot of work to get done on this season, but the expectation is the NHL Board of Governors will approve. https://t.co/w9eARPI5Tk
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 8, 2020

From an NHL team exec this monrning, FWIW: “NHL is season is starting Jan 13th. Confirmed last night. We are going to be playing 56 games.”
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 8, 2020

So that’s encouraging, I think. I mean, the league isn’t reaching into my pockets, and while I don’t think the owners deserve a single penny more and should be solely accepting the risk, I’m content to let the NHL and NHLPA work this out amongst themselves without further disruption to the season.
As for what the season looks like, well…

Both sides targeting Jan. 13 start to season in order to get 56-game sked but even with financials no longer an issue as @DarrenDreger first reported, still some work to be done on protocols, schedule, critical date, etc, plus subject to NHL BOG and NHLPA …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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