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  • NHL training camp rosters announced for Return to Play teams

    NHL.com "Training camps will begin Monday as part of Phase 3 of the NHL Return to Play Plan. Teams will then travel July 26 to one of two hub cities, where they will begin Phase 4, the resumption of play, with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers starting Aug. 1. The 12 Eastern Confernece teams will play in..." July 11

  • Examining Some Major CBA Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the focus for many hockey fans today will be on the return to play protocols and when their individual team will resume the chase for the Stanley Cup, the vote between the NHL and NHLPA also officially introduced a CBA extension. With that extension, that will run through September 15,..." July 11

  • Your Daily Cartoon; the adjustments made for NHL players to play ice hockey during summer

    The Sports Daily "NHL and NBA players are normally enjoying vacation during the summer months, but this particular year has been quite different. The coronavirus has turned the sports world on its head, and now its players are forced to adjust as a result. " July 11

  • NHLPA and NHL Ratify Four-Year CBA Extension and Return to Play Plan

    NHL.com "Following a 142-day pause, the National Hockey League will drop the puck with a five-game schedule of Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Saturday, Aug. 1, as the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and NHL ratified a four-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (through..." July 10

  • CBA In The Time Of COVID: New Agreement Gives Players And Owners Stability In A Time Of Chaos

    The Hockey News "If there’s one underlying theme to the collective bargaining agreement that will ensure labor peace in the NHL for at least the next six seasons, it’s certainty. And when you’re in the throes of a worldwide pandemic that has thrown almost everything you’ve ever known..." July 10

  • NHL hubs: Edmonton, Toronto chosen; Rogers Place to host Stanley Cup Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the NHL’s Return to Play plan goes off without a hitch, the Stanley Cup will be awarded this fall in Edmonton. As Edmonton and Toronto will serve as hub cities, only one was going to be selected to host both the conference finals and the Cup Final. Low COVID-19 rates..." July 10

  • Three NHL teams that are hurt the most by a flat salary cap

    Sportsnet "Following news of a tentative agreement between the NHL and NHLPA on a CBA extension and return to play plan, we’re just awaiting the results of a ratification vote from both the players and Board of Governors. It’s expected both will pass, putting us on track for Phase 3 training..." July 10

  • NHL assigns teams to hotels

    Nova Caps Fans "The NHL released their hotel assignments in Edmonton (Western Conference) and Toronto (Eastern Conference) for the teams’ arrival on Sunday, July 26 for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is set to begin on Saturday, August 1. The Washington Capitals will be staying at..." July 10

  • NHL To Change Qualifying Offer Rules

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Bridge contracts have often been back-loaded in the past to ensure a higher starting point for a qualifying offer.  For example, a player making $2.5MM in year one and $3MM in year two would have a qualifying offer of $3MM. That element was used more liberally last summer with..." July 10

  • Columbus defensemen gear up for battle against Toronto

    Jackets Cannon "We’re less than a week away from the July 13 start date of training camps. There are some concerns about picking the season back up from where it left off in March, you know, with the pandemic very much not under control in America, but hey - here we are. Let’s give it the..." July 09

  • New CBA Eliminates Free Agent Interview Period

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over the past several days, news has been trickling out about some of the new elements of the CBA.  TSN’s Frank Seravalli was the first to report (Twitter link) that there is a big change coming to free agency as the interview period has been removed.  Now, teams won’t..." July 09

  • Why NHL’s return to play will take incredible stamina — from fans

    Sportsnet "Imagine being told you’re not allowed to have sugar anymore, for some indefinite period. At first you’d miss certain treats. Some food would taste more bland than you’d prefer, but you’d get used to it. In time it would become normal, even if you preferred it..." July 09

  • COVID-19 Outbreak In Edmonton Hospital Doesn’t Alter NHL Plans

    Pro Hockey Rumors "All services have been closed to the public at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital after a COVID-19 outbreak left 20 patients and 15 staff members infected, per Nicole Bergot of the Edmonton Journal. Edmonton, of course, is prepared to be one of the NHL’s hub cities as play..." July 08

  • NHL Targets Dec. 1 for '20-'21

    Bleacher Report "The NHL has reportedly released its return-to-play schedule, according to TSN reporter Frank Seravalli, with games beginning this month: The adjusted season has also pushed back the 2020 offseason and start of 2020-21 season: The 2019-20 campaign was paused in..." July 08

  • How many NHLers will opt out of the playoffs? Try zero

    The Hockey News "As the NHL inches closer to starting the playoffs, there will be a lot made of the fact that players can opt out of playing out this season for any reason. A player can tell his employer that playing this season will get in the way of his golf game and he’ll be able to skip the playoffs..." July 08

  • NHL Players Grappling With Monday’s Opt-Out Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL players will have three extra days to decide whether or not to play in the 24-team playoff that begins on August 1, per Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now. Anyone opting out will have to do so before Monday night. But don’t expect a whole host of skaters to sit this..." July 08

  • NHLPA in court Tuesday to fight case filed by alleged whistleblower

    TSN "Lawyers for the NHL Players’ Association are scheduled to appear by video conference before an Ontario judge Tuesday in an effort to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former union employee who alleges the NHLPA covered up a theft of more than $100,000 in union funds by one of its..." July 08

  • Five of the worst NHL teams to ever make the Stanley Cup Final

    Sportsnet "When the NHL Draft Lottery (Phase 1) produced a placeholder at the top of the draw, the handwringing began immediately: What if, in this year from outer space, an already-awesome team has a hiccup in the qualifying round, enters Phase 2 of the lottery and winds up with the No. 1..." July 08

  • NHLPA executive board approves tentative CBA; players to vote

    NESN "It’s official: The NHL Players’ Association has approved the tentative CBA agreement the union and NHL discussed Monday. The NHLPA made the announcement Tuesday with some added details.   " July 08

  • NHLers In The Olympics Is Back On The Table; That's Great For Some Countries – And Bad News For Others

    The Hockey News "While nothing is 100 percent yet, we’re on the path to see NHL players participate in the Olympics again. This is undoubtedly great news for hockey fans (and the IOC’s wallets), as we will truly get best-on-best hockey in 2022 and 2026. Let’s face it: the 2018 Games in Korea..." July 07

  • NHL planning full days of hockey once postseason begins

    Las Vegas Sun "Grab some snacks and a drink because once postseason hockey begins, there’s going to be a lot of it. The NHL is planning three games a day in each Canadian hub city — Toronto and Edmonton — starting at noon local time, according to a report from TSN’s Bob..." July 07

  • The X factors that will shape the 2020 NHL playoffs

    ESPN "The NHL's 24-team tournament this summer promises to be one of the most unpredictable -- if not fascinating -- postseasons for hockey ever. The paused season due to the coronavirus pandemic provided significant extra time for injured stars to mend, and there..." July 07

  • NHL’s impending labour peace a huge win amid difficult times

    Sportsnet "A strange sensation may have washed over you early Monday evening. Call it the promise of labour peace in our time. Unless you are middle-aged, or took a keen interest in labour negotiations before grade school, this isn’t something you’ve experienced courtesy of..." July 07

  • NHL bubble could be safest place to be in Canada

    National Post "The rules are extreme — if not excessive. Handshakes and high-fives are prohibited. The same goes for fist bumps. During games, you can’t re-use towels. After games, you can’t use the spa, sauna or steam room to soak those sore muscles. Want to take the elevator to..." July 07

  • Fun ways the NHL free agent frenzy could go

    Pro Hockey Talk "With at least some of the NHL future getting less muddy, it sure looks like the next “Free Agent Frenzy” will take place on or around Nov. 1. Unfortunately, an expected flat $81.5M salary cap could make the NHL “Free Agent Frenzy” more of a..." July 07

  • The ripple effect of home-ice advantage vanishing

    TSN "One of the interesting wrinkles of the National Hockey League’s redesigned playoff format to conclude the 2019-20 regular season is the loss of home-ice advantage. The creation of hub cities – reportedly Toronto and Edmonton – is designed to create the..." July 07

  • NHL Adjusts Recapture Penalties

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the NHL set to ratify a new extension for the Collective Bargaining Agreement, labor peace will be guaranteed for at least the next six years. That comes as very welcome news for hockey fans that have been waiting to see their favorite players back on the ice for several months...." July 06

  • NHL tentatively sets August 1 restart date

    Larry Brown Sports "The NHL is the latest North American sports league to set a tentative date for restarting the season. The league announced Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the NHLPA on a return to play plan. Training camps will begin on July 13, while games are set to begin on..." July 06

  • CBA agreement between the NHL and NHLPA might make veterans more appealing to teams looking for fringe contributors

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the NHL’s report today announcing 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of the 396 players in camp, data points are emerging that might reveal the NHL’s risk tolerance as it returns to play. Still, we remain in the dark about what it would take to shut the whole thing..." July 06

  • What life in NHL’s ‘secure zone’ could look like when season restarts

    Sportsnet "It remains to be seen if any player even gets inside the “secure zone” the NHL hopes to create in Edmonton and Toronto this summer. But the consequences for leaving that highly controlled area and re-entering during a season restart are already tentatively set: At least..." July 06

  • If you're an NHL free-agent, this is big-gulp time

    Edmonton Journal "With the new NHL collective bargaining agreement keeping the $81.5 million salary cap team ceiling, general managers and free-agents and their representatives trying to get new deals are all going, “Uh, oh…this is not good.’” As Brian Burke said Friday on..." July 06

  • 9 more NHL players test positive for COVID-19

    The Score "Nine NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days, the league announced Monday. " July 06

  • Diamond to ice: Ned Colletti goes from MLB GM to NHL scout

    The Hockey News "When Ned Colletti began his career in baseball with the Chicago Cubs in media relations and publications in time for the 1982 season, Doug Wilson was in the prime of his career, one of the NHL’s best defensemen with the Chicago Blackhawks. In Wilson’s Norris Trophy-winning 1981-82..." July 06

  • How NHL plans to operate secure ‘bubbles’ in Toronto and Edmonton

    TSN "The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have finalized a tentative agreement on Phase 3 and 4 protocols to open training camps and resume the 2019-20 season inside secure “bubbles” in Toronto and Edmonton. The two sides continue to hammer out language and details for..." July 06

  • NHL, NHLPA finalize tentative agreement on Phases 3 and 4

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA have finalized a tentative agreement on Phases 3 and 4 of the league's Return-To-Play protocols, but are still working on finalizing the details of the collective bargaining agreement memorandum of understanding, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob..." July 06

  • NHL focused on 82-game 2020-21 season

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the NHL is focused on a full 82-game season for 2020-21. LeBrun adds that next season would be expected to start in December or January, but they will try to squeeze it in, which means potential for a Stanley Cup Final extending into next..." July 05

  • NHL Remains Focused On Full 2020-21 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the 2020-21 season isn’t expected to start until December, possibly even January, the NHL has maintained in the past that it would like to have a full 82-game regular season to bring stability back to fans. Nothing has changed in the minds of the NHL, according to TSN’s..." July 04

  • Projecting Team USA's 2022 Olympic roster

    The Score "With Olympic participation reportedly included in the NHL and NHLPA's modified collective bargaining agreement, it's time for hockey fans to begin to think about what the tournament may look like. Following a look at Team Canada, our series continues with Team USA..." July 04

  • Details emerge on expected new NHL agreement

    TSN "The puck is on the goal line. Now the NHL and NHLPA just need to poke it home. After a marathon week of bargaining, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are closing in on a tentative memorandum of understanding on an all-encompassing new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement..." July 04

  • Potential CBA modifications emerging as NHL/NHLPA continue negotiations

    Sportsnet "As the NHL/NHLPA continue to grind their way through a return-to-play/CBA agreement, terms continue to seep out. Here’s some of what we’re hearing: The updated rules will carry through 2025-26, although there is a provision for a one-year extension if more than $125..." July 03

  • NHL delays start of Phase 3, training camps as negotiations with NHLPA over restart plan, CBA continue

    CBS Sports "The NHL's return to play has hit a bump in the road. The league will delay the start of formal training camps while negotiations between the league and player's union regarding player safety in the restart plan -- as well as CBA details -- continue. Phase 3, which was when Stanley Cup..." July 03

  • Alexis Lafreniere NHL draft sweepstakes: Best fits, biggest eye-roll landing spots of 16 potential teams

    ESPN "The 2020 NHL draft lottery was pure chaos. It wasn't just that the lowly Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators lost out on the No. 1 pick. Everyone must cope with the fact that "Team E" -- a squad that plays in the NHL's..." July 03

  • Nine injured stars on track to return for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be unlike any other for a number of reasons. The games will be played without fans, in centralized hub cities and will feature a new play-in round. But one other important wrinkle to the proceedings will be the fact that almost every roster should be fully..." July 03

  • Free Agent Period Expected To Open In November

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While we’re still waiting for official word on a CBA Memorandum of Understanding and the final Return to Play protocols, we now at least have an idea of when the free agency period will begin.  TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports (Twitter link) that the agreement to extend expiring..." July 03

  • Players Will Hate The New CBA, But It's Probably The Best They Can Get

    The Hockey News "The return to NHL Olympic participation and the right for players to opt out of this year’s playoffs are part of a new collective bargaining agreement and return-to-play plan that will go a long way to forging Don Fehr’s legacy with the NHL Players’..." July 02

  • NHL, NHLPA Closing In On Deal To Return To Play

    The Sports Daily "The NHL and NHLPA are closing in on a deal that will allow the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs to be played in August and September, according to reports. The deal will also extend the current CBA, deal with transition details due to COVID-19 and address Olympic participation for NHL players in both..." July 02

  • Projecting Canada's 2022 Olympic roster

    The Score "After recent news that Olympic participation is included in the NHL and NHLPA's modified collective bargaining agreement, it's time for hockey fans to begin thinking ahead to what the tournament may look like. The NHL skipped the 2018 games in PyeongChang, but..." July 02

  • Expect some NHL players to opt out of returning due to COVID-19 concerns

    Sportsnaut "Cases of COVID-19 are spiking again in the United States. This has led many in the hockey world to believe that Vegas may lose its place as one of the NHL Hub Cities giving way to both Edmonton and Toronto. However, the real concern for the NHL will be the players themselves..." July 02

  • Free Agent Frenzy Top 50: UFAs wonder when they will hit the market

    TSN "Is it even still Canada Day if there is no Free Agent Frenzy to watch? For the first time since 2013, when the NHL was readjusting after a lockout-shortened season, there will be no rush to ink contracts today at 12:00 pm ET and dole out hundreds of millions of..." July 02

  • Looking back at the defining UFA moments of NHL’s salary-cap era

    Sportsnet "From the absence of small-town parades to not having a big party at Parliament Hill, there’s a lot that’s going to feel different about Canada’s 153rd birthday. For hockey fans, it will be very odd to experience a July 1 where you can actually pay full attention to..." July 02