Despite an apparent labor quarrel (or misconstruing), the NHL and NHLPA had discussions on Thursday night about other looming decisions for the 2020-21 season, according to multiple reports.
The league shared with the players proposed schedule figures, which included a possible 56-game regular season with a start date around mid-January, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.
A 52-game slate was also discussed, as well as Jan. 2 being a potential start date for training camps, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.
The discussions between both sides are at least good to see in what looks like some progress toward an agreement on and eventual start to the 2020-21 season.
Per Seravalli and LeBrun, the economic-related topics were not discussed. Obviously, that will remain at the forefront on aiming to finalize a plan for the 2020-21 season.
The constant developments of the coronavirus pandemic will have everything in pencil right now. But there had recently been a waiting period on the state of the 2020-21 season, so these reported discussions about the length of the season and a start date feel like a positive.
The Flyers are coming off a positive and promising 2019-20 season, which has raised the club's expectations.
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