NHL, NHLPA Officially Announce Plans for 2020-21 Season

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After weeks of negotiations and planning to conduct the 2020-21 season in the midst of a pandemic, the NHL and NHLPA officially announced their plans for the season on Sunday evening.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA Have Tentative Agreement on 56-Game Season

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According to a report from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet Canada, the NHL and NHLPA have a tentative agreement on a 56-game season. TSN’s Renaud Lavoie adds that an announcement could come in the next few days with the 2020-21 season beginning on Jan. 13.

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NHL’s Target Date Remains Mid-January, Focus on COVID-19 Protocols

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke in a panel discussion on Wednesday morning and said the NHL’s target remains a mid-January start and talks are mainly regarding COVID-19 protocols for the season. That start date is far from certain as more time passes.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA Agree on Financials, Focus on Getting Season Started in Mid-January

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According to reports from TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed that the economic framework of the CBA agreed upon in June will not change. Now, both sides shift focus to planning out a season and everything that will go with it with a target start date of Jan. 13.

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Report: NHL Pushes Target Date Back, Drafts 56-Game Schedule

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With the calendar turned to December, the Jan. 1 target date is no longer realistic to open the 2020-21 season. Instead, the NHL has proposed a mid-January start to the season, according to a report from TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

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It’s December, Where Does the NHL Stand?

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Now that it is December, where does the NHL stand in its potential return to play? Is Jan. 1 still a realistic target?

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Negotiations on NHL’s Return Hit Snag

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There was hope that there would be some concrete details about the upcoming NHL season, but negotiations on a return have hit a snag during the week. The players are reportedly “blindsided” by a request from the NHL owners to change the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

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NHL Focusing on Jan. 1 Start to 2020-21 Season

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Gary Bettman announced that the NHL and NHLPA have put the focus on a Jan. 1 start date for the 2020-21 season. Estimated timing for the start of training camp will be announced at a later date.

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As Phase 3 Starts, Next 2 Weeks are Critical to Finishing NHL Season

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The NHL has worked out a return-to-play plan, CBA extension and used very specific planning to get to the start of Phase 3. For them to complete the season, the next two weeks leading up to the travel to Phase 4 hub cities is critical.

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NHL’s Efforts for Return, Peace Should Be Rewarded with Completed Season

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The biggest uncertainty in completing the NHL season remains COVID-19, but after the NHL and NHLPA’s most collaborative labor efforts in decades, it would be a just reward if they can award the Stanley Cup.

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Hockey is Back: NHL, NHLPA Ratify New CBA and Return to Play

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The NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA voted in approval to ratify a Memorandum of Understanding to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Return to Play protocols.

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Agreement Reached on CBA Extension Between NHL, NHLPA

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Less than 24 hours after a tentative agreement was reached on return-to-play protocols for Phases 3 and 4, the NHL and NHLPA announced they have reached a tentative agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding that adds four more years to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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NHL, NHLPA Reach Tentative Agreement on Return-to-Play Protocols

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On Sunday night, TSN’s Bob McKenzie was first to report that a tentative agreement has been reached between the NHL and NHLPA on Phase 3 and Phase 4 protocols. However, there is not an agreement on a CBA extension just yet, which puts a full membership vote on hold for now.

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NHL, NHLPA Agree on Tentative Start Date for Phase 3 Training Camps

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Phase 3 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan is scheduled to begin on July 10, the earliest possible date based on previous updates. The league will only move to Phase 3 on this date provided that medical and safety conditions allow it.

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NHL, NHLPA Finalize More Details of Return to Play

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On Thursday, the NHL announced an agreement with the NHLPA on the remaining details of the return to play format.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Outlines Tentative Return to Play Plan

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a formal announcement on Tuesday afternoon to detail the rest of this four-phase plan and break down the playoff structure and draft lottery protocols as the NHL strives to make a return to play.

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NHLPA Approves 24-Team Playoff, Authorize Further Negotiations

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The NHLPA Executive Board had a call on Thursday to discuss the proposed 24-team playoff structure for the NHL’s return to play. On Friday, the NHLPA officially announced approval of the 24-team structure and authorized further negotiations with the NHL in pursuing the return to play.

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Report: NHL, NHLPA Working On 24-Team Playoff Setup

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On Wednesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL and NHLPA is working toward a 24-team playoff setup that would be conference-based and it certainly has an interesting structure.

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NHL Issues Update on Pause

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Wednesday evening brought the latest update from the NHL and NHLPA regarding the possibility of a return to play.

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