NHL Deputy Commissioner Provides Update on Next Season

The NHL continues to work on the logistics of how exactly next season is going to look. From four potential bubbles to an all-Canadian division, there's plenty on the table that is being discussed. By the sounds of it, regardless of the 'where', the 'when' appears to be set.

NHL's Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly spoke with the media on November 4th, and mentioned the league's objective is for the 2020-21 season to begin on January 1st. With the date being less than two months away, you would think the NHL would loop in the NHLPA and start to work out an agreement, however, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, that's not the case at all. The NHL has not met with the NHLPA's return-to-work committee which is shocking to some.

The league is trying to have fans in the stand at some point next year, so that also still needs to be worked out, and will be a fluid situation based on the advice of public health officials. The all-Canadian division makes a ton of sense, so this appears likely to take place considering the border restrictions between the US and Canada. 

One thing we do know, there will not be an NHL season with less than 48 games played.

Besides that, place your bets.

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