NHL Eyes Mid-January Return

The NHL now has its sights on a mid-Jan­u­ary start date with a 52- or 56-game sched­ule, accord­ing to mul­ti­ple reports Friday.

Between the nec­es­sary time for train­ing camp – includ­ing the head start promised to the sev­en teams that did not com­pete at this summer’s expand­ed play­offs – the COVID-19 quar­an­tine pro­to­cols in some mar­kets and the finan­cial stale­mate between the NHL and NHL Play­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, the league’s tar­get start date of Jan. 1 quick­ly became unfeasible.

There hasn’t been much report­ed progress regard­ing the NHL’s request for play­ers to defer an addi­tion­al 16 per­cent of base com­pen­sa­tion for the sea­son, as well as raise the escrow cap from 20 per­cent to 25 percent.

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