We have to admit Tuesday night, things didn’t look so good as it was believed he NHL and NHLPA are aware they are running out of time to resume play with this 24-team playoff tournament and could decide to cancel the 2019-20 postseason as well.
But then, quite the turn of events on Wednesday morning, after a long night of negotiations as TSN insider Bob McKenzie reports that negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA appear to have resulted in agreement on most issues on Phase 3/4 return to play, CBA extension and transition with a couple of items left to finalize.
If there are no hiccups in finalizing the tentative agreement, NHLPA membership could be voting on return to play/CBA/transition/critical dates by Friday or Saturday.
It is expected that players with contracts structured to receive signing bonuses will receive them as scheduled on July 1, but it appears that recently signed players Alexander Romanov (MTL), Kirill Kaprizov (MIN), Ilya Sorokin (NYI) will not be eligible for 2019-20 RTP.
Finally, there is hope to see games later this summer and that’s a great way to start your day!