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According to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie, the 2020-21 NHL season will begin on Tuesday, December 1, and training camps will open on Tuesday, November 17, if everything goes according to plan to finish the 2019-20 season.
If that is indeed the case, there will be a much shorter preseason in the fall than the ones we have seen in the past, which usually last six or seven games for each team.
The NHL is still planning on each team playing a full 82-game schedule as usual next season. The 2021 Stanley Cup Champion could be determined in July 2022, right before the Seattle expansion draft.
The 2019-20 season will resume on Saturday, August 1 with 24 teams returning and end during the first week of October assuming there are not any COVID-19 outbreaks in the NHL’s bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, the two hub cities for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 2020 Stanley Cup Final will tentatively be held from September 20 through October 2 at the latest and the 2020 NHL Draft will he held electronically on Tuesday, October 6.
In that case, teams would have a seven-and-a-half week offseason. Free agency will tentatively open seven days after the Stanley Cup is awarded.
The NHLPA is currently voting on a newly proposed CBA extension, which would run through the 2025-26 season, and the league’s return-to-play plan. The results of the full player vote will be released on Friday.
By Harrison Brown