Over the past few days, attention has been drawn to the NHL as they attempt to return to play. Tied to returning to play are some CBA negotiations, as the current CBA expires after the 2020-2021 season. The news has been unverified and seems to come in different thoughts/rumors.
- Toronto and Edmonton are emerging as hub cities for the NHL’s return to play plans. The US options are getting scratched due to this country’s inability to contain the coronavirus outside of NY/NJ.
- There was no agreement in place before yesterday, which meant signing bonuses due on 7/1 were paid out. These were bonuses for the 2020-2021 season.
- A flat salary cap is expected for the next two seasons, at least.
- There are no discussions of amnesty buyouts.
- The NHL might return to the Olympics, pending an agreement with the IOC.
- Escrow will be capped at 20%, which was a growing concern with the players.
- Phase 3 of the NHL’s return to play has training camps set to open on July 13, but that is dependent on an agreement with the players.
- The 2020-2021 offseason likely begins in October/November. This makes me right with my prediction for 2020-2021.
- NHL players will not be penalized if they opt out of return to play. The vote to approve the plan is expected to be razor thin.