Are you ready for hockey in the summer?
While you wrestle with your love for sports versus the fact that players are risking their health for the game, the NHL took another step towards bringing hockey back over the weekend.
- Believe it or not, the NHL and the NHLPA have reached an agreement on phases three and four for restarting the NHL season. [TSN]
Training camps are scheduled to open on July 13, and teams must arrive in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton by July 26. Games are scheduled for August 1.
Any player can opt out of playing for any reason. Also, the playoff bonus pool is doubling from $16 million to $32 million. A player on a team that loses in the best-of-five qualifying round will receive $20,000. Players in each round will see bonuses increase from there, with a share from the Stanley Cup winning team worth $240,000 per player.
The Alexis Lafreniere draft lottery sweepstakes will then be held on August 10th.
McKenzie is also reporting that the NHL and NHLPA are closing in on a six-year agreement for extending the CBA. Some of the brief details include a frozen salary cap of $81.5 million until league revenues return to $4.8 billion (this year’s forecast). Front-loaded long-term contracts are also being pulled back. Most importantly, there is an agreement to send players to the Olympics in 2022 and 2026, pending an agreement with the IOC.
- Okay, let’s talk about those Canucks. All players presumably are back in Vancouver now, including Elias Pettersson. He talked to the media about how he’s yet to reach his potential. [NHL]
Bless your heart, Petey.
- Patrick Johnston breaks down more about the Canuck’ return to play plan. [The Province]
- Finally, our CanucksAbbyFan2 has a fantastic breakdown on the beginning Vasily Podkolzin’s final season in the KHL (presumably), and why the structure is in place for him to have success this season. [Nucks Misconduct]