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NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on 56-game season

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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The NHL and NHL Players' Association have tentatively agreed on a 56-game season for 2020-21, pending a vote from each side's executive board and Canadian health officials. The start date is slated for Jan. 13, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The NHLPA's executive board met Friday night to go over the deal, while the league plans to schedule a Board of Governors call and conduct a vote over the weekend.

Here's what we know, according to reports:

 
  • The league has targeted a Jan. 13 start date, with training camps scheduled to open Dec. 31 for the seven non-postseason teams from last season and Jan. 3 for the other 24. All dates are subject the change.
  • The NHL will carry a normal 23-man roster and will also include an additional taxi squad of four-to-six players, who will be paid their full AHL salaries.
  • Players have the option to opt-out of the upcoming season, without pay.
  • The league needs approval from health officials of the five Canadian provinces in order to play; the hope is things will get resolved by Monday.
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