Last week, the NBA and its players association voted in support of starting the 2020-21 season on Dec. 22.

Naturally, this has hockey fans wondering if the NHL might aim for a similar time frame.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joined Writers Bloc on Monday afternoon to explore the idea and address some talking points with regards to some of the questions being asked.

"I do believe that the leadership of the league and the players association have been in very regular contact," Friedman said.

"The players that I have spoken to are kind of getting to the point where they're saying, 'OK, let's talk about dates here,'" he added.

Early last month, not long after the Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned Stanley Cup Champions in the Edmonton bubble, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league was targeting a Jan. 1 start date for the upcoming campaign. Up until that point, Dec. 1 was the pencilled-in possibility for things to start up again.