Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!
After months without news we got a deluge over the past few days with the NHL and NHLPA settling on a CBA extension that will last until 2026, well past the start of the Seattle expansion team and it includes a big perk for the players. We’ll have a more indepth look to the CBA once it’s finalized, but to summarize:
- The Olympics are back! If they ever happen again....
- Something about escrow! Players were worried about that!
- The minimum salary is going up, good for the bottom of the roster.
There’s probably a lot of other finicky details like swapping the dental plan for a free keg of beer at NHLPA meetings, and our very own Acting the Fulemin got his hands on a page:
not sure how i feel about these new sections of the CBA pic.twitter.com/06e4AWl6Zm— Acting the Fulemin (@ATFulemin) July 6, 2020
The NHL also has set up it’s Phase 3 and 4 protocols about return to play, and for that we have a story coming out later this morning, but if you want a quick summary:
- Teams gets 30 skaters and as many goalies as they want to bring.
- Players can opt out without penalty.
- No media or business staff come in contact with players, hockey ops only.
- Teams must supply one social media person, and boy will they tell you how important they are if you even make one joke about that.
- Testing is every two days in phase 3, daily in phase 4.
Phase 3 is set to begin July 13th, teams move to the hubs July 26th, play begins August 1st.
Here’s some other news:
The Top 25 under 25 gets to the top 10 with....a second round pick?
The Hockey Writers...write about the Leafs Director of Player Evaluation:
You wanna hear about cap recapture?
Daniil Gushchin of the USHL could be a surprise hit of the first round.
More minor league hockey teams appeared in the PPP data released earlier Monday: the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies ($150K-$350K) and AHL's Chicago Wolves ($350K-$1m). https://t.co/bwvof3apwv— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) July 7, 2020
Check back later today for #9 in the Top 25, more Return to Play coverage, and any more news.