The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to continue to negotiate protocols for the 2020-21 season without changing the current economic framework of the newly negotiated CBA ratified back in July.
The NHL recently asked the players to consider increasing deferred payments and caps on escrow at certain points in the agreement. The players reacted negatively, and made it clear they would not consider touching escrow. Negotiations for the protocols for the 2020-21 season appeared to stall for a period of two weeks.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, both sides continue to grind away at the protocols for 2020-21. Training camps, opt-outs, testing, the schedule, the playoffs, re-alignment, you name it.
Targets include a Jan. 13 start to the season, with non-playoff teams reporting Dec. 28 and others on Jan. 1. No exhibition games appear likely. I believe there is a short-term “hub plan” being worked on just in case, but it is not the preference. The biggest headache might be training camp plans in places like Montreal, San Jose (Arizona?) and Winnipeg, which have strict current restrictions due to COVID-19.
It sounds like there’s a desire to get something done by the end of the week, to be voted on but the Board of Governors and the players.