The NHL has sent a memo to its clubs announcing that a 48-game season will begin on January 19, reports CBC. Training camp will open after Saturday and no later than Monday.
However, per ESPN, January 15 remains an option for opening night if the ratification process goes quickly. That would probably allow for a 50-game season to take place.
Early on Sunday morning, the players and owners finally struck a deal to end the 113-day lockout. The new CBA agreement will be for 10 years, with an opt-out clause after eight years and a $64.3 million salary cap. Contracts will be limited to seven years, eight to re-sign a player.
ESPN confirms that the NHL’s Board of Governors will meet on Wednesday to vote on the new agreement, which is just a formality at this juncture. Once that is completed, it is expected that the league will release the full schedule and training camp dates.
Because of the shortened season, teams will likely play only within their own conference to limit the number of travel days. Look for a fairly large amount of back-to-backs, as the NHL tries to squeeze in 48 games into the schedule.
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