Fans who are hoping to soon get their fix of National Hockey League action just got a big dose of good news on Tuesday.
Per multiple reports, the NHL has accepted the CBA that was ratified back in July, and now is focusing on a start date for the 2020-21 regular season.
“We are moving forward with the process of working through all of the issues that need to be addressed and agreed to, and that are obviously unique to playing a season during a pandemic,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Athletic.
In doing so, the NHL backed off their request that the players defer millions of dollars worth of additional salary in concessions.
The two sides are now reportedly eyeing a January 13 start date, with either 52 or 56 games to be played during the regular season. Among the plans being discussed that await confirmation would be temporary divisional re-alignment as well as safety protocols in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
– – Quotes via Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic Link – –