The NHL appears to be inching closer toward resuming its 2019-20 season, but some players could be left behind if action isn’t taken soon.

Several players have contracts expiring June 30, which typically lands long after the season’s usual end in early June. But this season is different thanks to COVID-19, and with the league hoping to resume the season at some point, action will have to be taken to keep some guys on the ice.

That’s why the league is asking for those contracts to be extended through the eventual end of the season, according to The Athletic’s Michael Russo.