The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play Plan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that adds an additional four years to the term of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and includes transition rules and a new critical dates calendar. As part of the tentative agreement, the following dates have been established: July 13 – Start of formal training camps; July 26 – Clubs travel to hub cities; August 1 – Start of Qualifying Round. The tentative agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by the full NHLPA membership. The respective review and approval processes will take place over the next few days and there will be no further comment until those processes are completed.
The regular Monday Board of Governors conference call could see this voted on from their side today. The NHLPA will conduct a full vote of the membership, which might take up to 3 days.
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Players’ Executive Board (player reps) had a conference call begin around 515 pm ET. Up to them to decide if the proposed RTP-CBA agreement is good to go and proceed then to a league-wide player vote which could then take up to 72 hours— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 6, 2020
Training camp will begin on July 13 with rosters announced a few days before.
More to come when we have it.
The Executive Board didn’t vote on the tentative RTP-CBA agreement during today’s call. The 31 player reps will take a bit more time to look over the document before voting. https://t.co/jZN7t8SEU4— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 6, 2020
The July 13 date might not be attainable now. Remember, this is all a one shot yes/no proposition, the CBA and the Return to Play process. If anyone votes no, it’s back to the CBA drawing board and presumably a cancellation of the playoffs.