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Video- Donald Fehr Confident There Will Be Hockey Played In Canada

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr explains how the players and the NHL are confident as they work together, along with Provincial governments to allow hockey teams to safely play games in Canada.

 

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NHL Medical Protocols And Transition Rules

ORONTO / NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today applicable medical protocolstransition rules for the 2020-21 season, which include information relating to critical dates and the formal approval of a change to NHL Rule 83 (Off-side).

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Statement From Don Fehr

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The NHL Regular Season Begins On January 13, 2021

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 20, 2020) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) announced today an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and concluding on May 8. As part of the agreement, the Stanley Cup Playoffs would feature 16 teams in the traditional best-of-seven, four-round format and conclude around mid-July with the plan of returning to a “normal” hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season (regular season beginning in October). The NHL and NHLPA will release the Health and Safety Protocols, transition rules and critical dates calendar as well as the 2020-21 schedule in the coming days.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHLPA and the NHL intend to be flexible and adaptable in their approach during the coming weeks to ensure compliance with directives from both local and national governmental and health authorities focusing on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play. The priority will continue to be focused on the health and safety of our fans and Players and Club, League, NHLPA and arena personnel.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

 

added 7:55pm, and 7:59pm... and 8:03pm,

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The NHL And NHLPA Continue To Talk

 

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TSN Insiders Tonight - 2 Parts

The NHL is now targeting January 13th as the start date for next season, but, despite progress being made, there remains a ton of work to be done before the puck can be dropped. The TSN Hockey Insiders join Gino Reda to discuss the hurdles that still need to be cleared for hockey to return in just over a month.

Watch at TSN

Canada isn't the only team dealing with COVID-19 complications heading into the Edmonton bubble for the World Juniors, as Sweden, Germany and Switzerland have also sent players home due to the virus. The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the impact the pandemic is having on the tournament, and weigh in on the management group options for Team Canada and USA at the 2022 Olympics.

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Decals And Playoff Format

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The NHL is investigating selling ads on players’ helmets. It was brought up on Wednesday’s Board of Governors call; there won’t be any formal comment until team presidents are briefed on Monday.

It’s an interesting move.

Across the league, there’s an understanding of the need for more creativity in revenue development. Ads on jerseys will come eventually, but there is a desire to be careful with it. The other reason the league may “test drive” with helmets is to get an idea of where the market stands during COVID. You don’t want to rush into a below-market deal.

- The expectation is that the top four teams in each division will make the playoffs. Personal thought: would it make sense, for this year only, to choose the Stanley Cup semifinal matchups based on travel distance? There’s some precedent. When the NHL re-aligned to the current divisions, it considered re-seeding the final four. That didn’t happen, partially because of an East Coast/West Coast semifinal. Teams didn’t want that travel until the last round.

We might get it anyway if three eastern time zone teams win, but it adds another level of flexibility to prevent it.

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Will The Puck Drop On January 13th?

 

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Working To Get The Game Back

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The two sides are still working through critical date calendars (trade deadline, playoff start and end dates, etc.), divisional realignment, testing and health protocols, roster and taxi squad limits, a potential player opt-out provision, schedule flexibility and how the NHL will navigate any interruptions due to COVID-19 outbreaks and local health authority or government restrictions.

There is no doubt that federal, local and regional health authorities, particularly in Canada, will have a large say in NHL operations for the 2020-21 season. It is unclear whether teams such as the Winnipeg Jets or San Jose Sharks would be permitted to open a season right now in their home arenas.

Those local health authorities, through the government, would likely need to sign off on season plans.

They are not the only ones. Both the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHLPA’s Executive Board will need to formally approve these changes for the upcoming season, including a two-thirds’ affirmative vote from the owners.

The hope is that an agreement can be reached in coming days to be put up for approval by the end of the week.

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