The NHL has its sights on a mid-January start date with a 52 or 56 game schedule, according to multiple reports.
Between the necessary time for training camp and the COVID-19 quarantine protocols in some markets and the financial stalemate between the NHL and NHL Players Association, the league’s target start date of Jan. 1 quickly became unfeasible.
Both sides, however, have begun to take some strides on the non-economic issues on the season.
TSN reported that the NHL and NHLPA conducted meetings in which the league inquired about a mid-January start for the first time. A 52-game and 56-game schedule were both discussed as options.
With a full 82-game season seemingly out of the question, the league has also reportedly considered a 48-game season.