« What if there was a rash on the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 and seven of us or 10 of us can`t play? » Williams said. « What will happen to the team? Is it decadence? Are we waiting a few weeks? Similarly, these agreements do not only cover a playoff format in which the 2020 Stanley Cup would be awarded. The CBA extension means the prevention of lockout until 2025-26, and perhaps even 2026-27. This extension of the CBA is the precondition for the NHL`s return to the Olympic Games until an agreement is reached with the IOC. NEW YORK – TORONTO (July 10, 2020) – After a 142-day break, The National Hockey League will drop the puck with a five-game Game plan for the Stanley Cup qualifiers on Saturday, August 1, as the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and the NHL have ratified a four-year collective bargaining extension (until 2025-26) and a return to the game plan. The large-scale agreements pave the way for the resumption of the 2019-20 NHL season toward the coronation of a Stanley Cup champion by early October and provide an updated economic framework for the league and its players, including the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remarkably, the NHL and NHL have also extended the collective bargaining agreement to at least 2025-26 to ensure an almost unthinkable work peace for fans. None of this means that COVID-19 is not going to destroy the party, but the NHL and NHL cemented those details back Friday. The preliminary agreement is now subject to approval by the NHL Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA Executive Board followed by full NHL membership. The respective verification and authorisation procedures will take place in the coming days and there will be no further comment until these processes are completed. 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.
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. 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. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly said the tests would be constant. Daly said there were no « hard and fast numbers » that would cause the league to change or end the game, but that it relied on the advice of doctors and experts. But what if the trust fund were to be higher than the ceilings to achieve the 50/50 sales distribution? The difference would be calculated, and if there were more than $125 million until the end of the CBA, the agreement would extend an additional year to 9% fiduciary. The league and its union announced Monday that the two sides have worked out details of preliminary agreements for the return-to-play protocol and a letter of intent for an extension of the current four-year collective agreement. « This agreement is a good step forward for players and owners and for our game in a difficult and uncertain period. That would not have been the case, but for the huge contributions that players have always made, especially those who have served on the bargaining and back-to-play committees, as well as those of the board of directors, » said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director.