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Faizal Khamisa connects with Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston to dissect the NHLPA's decision to continue negotiating with the NHL on a 24-team return to play format.


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Frank Seravalli of TSN,

...several details “remain to be negotiated” and an agreement on the format would “still be subject to the parties reaching agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play,” according to a statement released by the NHLPA.

At least 18 affirmative votes were required from representatives of the 31 teams.

The details of the 24-team proposal were circulated on Thursday, including a round-robin format for the top four teams in each conference to go along with eight play-in series to determine the 16 playoff participants.
There were varying views expressed on the NHLPA’s membership-wide conference call on Thursday night.

According to sources, designated player representatives from at least six or seven teams asked to discuss the matters internally with their teammates on Friday before casting a vote.

After sleeping on it, the resulting ballots gave NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr more than enough votes to continue on in the negotiation process with the current 24-team format on Friday.

Many critical details still need to be ironed out.

The NHL and NHLPA have not yet negotiated a timeline to return to play; health and safety protocols for players and teams when play resumes; how family members will be included in the hub city sites; and perhaps most importantly, the economic implications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/23/20 at 03:41 AM ET

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