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More PTOs Than Normal

12/16/2020 at 7:34am EST

Dan Rosen of NHL.com was asked by a fan about PTOs...

An official start date for the 2020-21 NHL season has not yet been announced. Once it is, I expect more PTOs (professional tryouts) than official signings before training camp because so many teams are at or near the NHL salary cap ($81.5 million), making it hard to commit to another contract right away. Once camp begins, players on PTOs will be given a chance to make teams with the potential that injuries, opt-outs or other possibilities could create salary cap space. We will see players who we never thought would be on a PTO going into training camp this season on a PTO because they didn't get signed in the initial wave of free agency, and now it would be easier on teams to invite them to camp with no strings attached.

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