According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Casey Nelson is the only player to opt out of the 2020-21 NHL season.
As part of the agreement between the NHL and NHLPA on this season, any player or coach had the option to opt out and would not be penalized for it. Players and coaches had this option for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The deadline for players on the seven teams that did not participate in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers (Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings) last season was 5 PM ET this past Thursday.
The deadline for players on the 24 that did was 5 PM ET on Sunday.
The 2020-21 NHL season is set to open on Wednesday, January 13.
By Harrison Brown