NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

FILE - In this April 1, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils, left, and New York Rangers warm up for an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, 2020, that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

By STEPHEN WHYNO, the Associated Press

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement. A CBA extension is crucial to the process. The return to play agreement and CBA must still be approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership. If ratified, games would resume in late July or early August with 24 teams taking part in an expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October.

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