The NHL is considering a play-in tournament for the 2024 World Cup of Hockey that would be held directly before the February event.
"For 2024, we may do a mini-qualifier as part of the tournament," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Thursday during the Player Media Tour here.
The NHL and the NHLPA are working out details for the first World Cup of Hockey since 2016, targeting a 17-day window in February 2024 that would interrupt the 2023-24 regular season.
There are no plans to bring back two novelty teams from the 2016 tournament: Team North America, which was a 23-and-under squad, and Team Europe, which was comprised of players who didn't have national teams in the tournament. Team Europe made the 2016 World Cup final, losing to Team Canada.