Unlike last summer, when the NHL was on a collision course with its third lockout in less than two decades, we know the upcoming season is going to start on time. We just don't know when it's officially going to start. And that's because the league has yet to actually release a schedule. Following speculation that the schedule for the 2013-14 season would be released on Wednesday, the NHL confirmed that no announcement will be made and that they will offer an update on Thursday when they know more. Holding up the official schedule announcement is that the NHL is still working to finalize an agreement to send its players to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Using NHL players will require the league to shut down for much of February, and the league isn't prepared to announce its schedule until everything is finished with the Olympics. There was a leaked version of the 2013-14 Florida Panthers schedule making the rounds on Twitter (via Panthers beat writer George Richards) and, if accurate, seemed to indicate there would be a three-week stoppage from Feb. 7 to Feb. 27 for the Olympic break.
Olympic announcement still holding up NHL schedule release
CBS Sports | Jul 18