Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is hopeful that the NHL can fit in the end of the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs during a “bigger window” this summer and play a full schedule in the 2020-21 season.

“I will say that it remains our hope, if not our goal, to be playing hockey sooner than then,” Daly said Friday, as reported by’s Nicholas Cotsonika. “Depending on how things play out, we’d love to be playing sometime in the spring, and then if we have to leak into early summer, we’d love to have that problem. But I don’t think we’re far enough along in understanding where this is going to know what’s possible at this point in time.

“We think if we were required to, we might have the ability to play in August. If we have to fit games in, we’ll find ways to fit games in.”

The NHL season was postponed on March 12 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. While no timeline for a return has been announced, the NHL has so far not ruled out finishing the regular season and putting on a full Stanley Cup Playoffs.