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LeBrun tweet,

The NHL on the GMs’ call today shared its hopeful target date for puck drop next fall: Oct. 12.
Which is about a week or so later than normal.
Training camps hopefully opening Sept. 22.
Again, that Oct. 12 start date is if there are no delays.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/21 at 06:17 PM ET

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from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Training camps would open Sept. 22, sources on the call confirmed.

Again, that’s if all goes smoothly and there are no delays as the world tries to get vaccinated and power through this pandemic. But it’s good to know there’s a date to shoot for.

What the league can’t yet say for sure, and it didn’t come up on the call Wednesday, was when exactly the Stanley Cup playoffs would begin next month.

The league wants to wait a bit longer before having to finalize that call.

I do believe they can start some playoffs games involving U.S. teams the weekend of May 15 even if the North Division is still playing out its regular season for a few more days. ...

The NHL told GMs that the plan is still to participate in the Beijing Olympics next February as long as a deal can be reached with the IOC/IIHF. The league reiterated to GMs that it is engaged with the IIHF and the IOC, but that those bodies haven’t yet focused on the NHL/NHLPA or their issues quite yet.

They have to get moving on it from a timing perspective because the NHL has to create a schedule for next season.

The NHL hopes to hear back from the IIHF/IOC soon and I would suggest end of May as a deadline of sorts to figure it all out. But the clock is ticking on an Olympic deal….

On a day in which the women’s IIHF world championships was cancelled in Nova Scotia — just brutal news, although the IIHF and Hockey Canada hope to still hold the event somewhere this summer — the NHL informed GMs that the men’s worlds appear to be moving forward in Latvia.

There was a question in some quarters as to whether the NHL would allow players to participate this year given the ongoing pandemic, sources say NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told GMs on the call that the players are entitled to go on the same basis they’ve gone in prior years….

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/21 at 07:41 PM ET

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