Good evening, everyone!
While it was reported as looking likely, the NHL and its Player’s Association have ratified the Return to Play deal that included a six-year extension of the current CBA, albeit with a few changes.
As per the NHL’s PR Twitter account:
We’ll spare you the nitty gritty of the CBA right now (even though we definitely have read it and are familiar with it and know it), but one thing we know for sure is that the NHL is going back to the Winter Olympics in 2022 and 2026 at least. Per Pierre LeBrun:
Six years of labour peace in the NHL plus Olympic participation. https://t.co/0XKLrP5Qmt— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 10, 2020
This news meant the NHL could finally release its proposed schedule for the Playoffs, set to begin on August 1:
About That Schedule...
- Game 1 - Aug 1
- Game 2 - Aug 3
- Game 3 - Aug 5
- Game 4 - Aug 7 (if necessary)
- Game 5 - Aug 8 (if necessary)
That’s right, folks, Game 4 and Game 5 would be back to back. Could you imagine? Back to back games in the playoffs? Madness.
But hockey fans everywhere have to be salivating at the proposed daily schedule across both hubs:
Daily NHL game schedule...— Ian Cameron (@bobano) July 7, 2020
12:00PM ET - Toronto (Play-In Series Game)
2:00PM ET - Edmonton (Play-In Series Game)
4:00PM ET - Toronto (Round Robin Game)
6:00PM ET - Edmonton (Round Robin Game)
8:00PM ET - Toronto (Play-In Series Game)
10:00PM ET - Edmonton (Play-In Series Game)
Six (6!!!) hockey games in a 15-hour window. Every day. Get your liquors delivered.