The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) have reached an interim agreement on a return-to-play plan and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that adds an additional four years to the duration of the current collective bargaining agreement and includes transitional rules and a new agenda. This comes shortly after the two sides announced a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this week. The NHL is trying to create a city of two, 24 playoff teams is pretty brave; The extension of the CBA until at least 2025-26 makes it an incredible performance. For hockey fans who have become accustomed to lockouts, a lasting work peace seems almost unthinkable. Once teams arrive in their Hub cities, there is a whole list of protocols to follow: five groups of people with different access levels, test procedures, what happens when a player (or player) is tested positive, and so on. It`s a dizzying detail and far too specific to enter here. But almost everything that can be contemplated was, and there are even protocols to deal with things that are not specifically written. You have put a lot of effort into doing this work. The NHL and NHL outlined important health and safety measures for training camps and the resumption of Monday`s game – known as Phase 3 and Phase 4, each of its return-to-play plans – in two 47-page documents in total. Any player who is not comfortable returning to the game can unsubscribe from the restart without asking questions or without negative consequences.
There is a three-day window for players to explain their preference which opens with the ratification of the new CBA. In other words, players have until next Monday – the first day of training camp – to make up their minds. The N.H.L. Owners and Players Union announced Friday that it has officially approved a new employment contract that will last until 2026 and which, which will be immediately agreed, will be able to continue with the plans for the completion of the 2019/20 season. The N.H.L. considered shortening the conference quarterfinals and semifinals so families could arrive sooner, but Mathieu Schneider, a special assistant to the union, said the players largely rejected the idea. The NHL Board of Governors, the NHLPA Board of Directors and full membership must now ratify agreements that are bound by separate votes. If the proposals get the go-ahead, training camps would begin on July 13, with all 24 teams returning to the league`s two designated hub cities on July 26. Eastern Conference clubs travel to Toronto and Western Conference teams travel to Edmonton on July 26.