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Perhaps the NHL will have a 2020-21 season?

Also: Barry Trotz discusses his favorite ingredients

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Six
Forget ‘will there be fans?’ — will there be GAMES?
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NHL fans and observers (okay, and bloggers...but I doubly repeat myself) continue to be at a standstill as we await what the league might have in store for the 2020-21 season. Technically, official league language continues to target Jan. 1 as a start date (but it’s more like Jan. 13), though that would require some quick and significant maneuvering amid a worsening pandemic.

  • But at least the parties have agreed to some things (like sticking to the CBA agreed to in the summer) and are discussing things like protocols and roster sizes.
  • They will acknowledge the long-known secret that temporary realignment would be involved, to solve for that whole “the U.S.-Canada border isn’t open” issue. [NHL]
  • ...and they are “taking our time” to figure it all out. [NHL]
  • But it sounds like a general “economic framework” has finally been agreed to between the league and the NHLPA. [TSN | Sportsnet]
  • If you’re an Insider subscriber, here’s the ESPN take on those plans. [ESPN+]

Non-CBA/Schedule News

  • Barry Trotz discusses the Islanders: “It’s building something so we can be a threat every year.” [Sportsnaut]
  • Prospect Report: Bear with us, man, it’s a pandemic and there’s not a lot going on. [Isles]
  • Definite fun exercise: “Reverse Retro” trades, five recent trades that look a lot different now than on the day they were made. Guilty, I am. [Sportsnet]
  • Philippe “don’t call me Tyler” Myers extends with Philadelphia for three years. [NHL]
  • Former Islanders would-be legend (but for He Who Shall Not Be Named) Roberto Luongo has finally found his post-playing career role, as head of Florida’s “Goaltending Excellence Department.” That’s next to toys and a couple of aisles over from appliances. [TSN | NHL]
  • I’m not sure if they thought they could pull off the WJC without coronavirus disruption, but...Sweden has multiple positive cases including its head coach. [NHL]