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Report: Deal must be done by Oct. 25 for 82-game season

Fehr and Bettman

Gary Bettman rolled out comments that indicated a Nov. 2 start date could preserve an 82-game season, but that might leave you wondering about other timelines.

In a series of Tweets, TSN’s Bob McKenzie laid out a fairly specific series of dates that should be relevant to the CBA negotiations.

Here are the dates in chronological order:

Oct. 25 - Is the deadline to get a deal done. That gives the two sides nine days to hash out the core economic values (and the smaller bits).

Oct. 26 - The day training camps would need to start so that the Nov. 2 opening night could work.

Nov. 2 - Potentially the new opening night. McKenzie and others report that the schedule would kick off from that point instead of reverting to canceled dates.

April 13 - The season wouldn’t end on this date. Instead, the league would add games from this point to reach the 82 games played mark.

Final week of June - The Stanley Cup finals could go as late as that week if the season kicks off on Nov. 2.

Anyway, that’s a road map of what could happen if the two sides get a deal done by that Oct. 25 deadline.

As far as that goes, McKenzie was ambivalent: