World Cup of Hockey: Deputy commissioner Bill Daly gave a presentation on the "very preliminary plans" for the next World Cup, which has been projected to take place in 2024. Neither Daly nor Bettman wanted to discuss details about the format, location or teams with Daly adding, "we've got to step it up because we're behind already." Daly added the current plan does not call for a reincarnation of the Team North America 23-and-under squad.
Long-term injury reserve: Bettman said LTIR was discussed with the GMs, but "nobody thinks it's been abused." The concern stems from teams over the years appearing to have abused LTIR in order to save cap space during the season and have those same players appear during the playoffs (e.g., Tampa Bay Lightning and Nikita Kucherov last season), as well as the recent doubts about the intentions around LTIR of the Vegas Golden Knights. Bettman said the system has worked well for 17 years and, after discussing it with the NHL Players' Association, "it's not a front-burner issue that's going to be addressed anytime soon."
NHL Draft is still happening: Bettman reiterated that the NHL Draft is still a go for Montreal, July 7-8, and will be held in person at the Bell Centre. Daly added that he didn't anticipate restrictions being placed on Russian players being drafted.
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