NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said numerous times that having a full 82-game season in 2020-21 is paramount. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr agrees but, like Daly says, that doesn't mean next year's start date can't be pushed back to accommodate playoff hockey this summer.
"It doesn’t mean that you couldn’t alter the dates of next year’s season a little bit in order to accommodate playing late this year going forward," Fehr said Wednesday while on The Athletic's Two-Man Advantage podcast, hosted by Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside. "But remember, while players get paycheques over the course of the regular season, their salaries include revenue that’s earned during the postseason, so the two are not divorced."
Fehr discussed a wide-range of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to a possible resumption of play this season in the NHL.
Earlier this week, the NHL reached out to its 31 teams and requested available dates for possible home games in August.
With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Fehr noted there could be additional fan and broadcast opportunities that weren't there before if the NHL can get back on the ice for August hockey.