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NHL/NHLPA plans new target start date for 2020-2021 season

The 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up last week with the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the Dallas Stars to win their 2nd championship in franchise history.

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For the rest of us that remained on the sidelines, our attention has been on next season – especially those of us who are fans of teams that didn’t qualify for this year’s playoffs.

According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, the NHL and NHLPA have begun planning on a new target date for the start of next season.

According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL is planning on a full 82 game schedule and a normal playoff format.

“I anticipate playing a full season next season, 82 games, full playoffs,” Commissioner Bettman said. “How and when we do that is something that we don’t all have enough information to make any decisions, and anything would just be sheer speculation. Our goal is to get back to as greatest sense of normalcy as possible under whatever circumstances are presented.”

– – Quotes via Dan Rosen of NHL.com Link – –

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