The seven clubs in the National Hockey League that have not played any playoff games will open their training camp on December 31, while the Montreal Canadiens and the 23 other teams will have to wait until January 3.
This is what NHL leaders announced on Tuesday when they unveiled many details surrounding the next season, including important dates, the protocol related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a change to regulations.
This will allow clubs in Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose to start their training camp earlier. The regular season will indeed take off on January 13.
Among other important dates, the Seattle Kraken expansion draft is set to take place on July 21. Teams must submit their protection list no later than July 17, four days earlier.
Unless there is a change, the next playoffs should start on May 11 and end at the beginning of July. The free agent market will finally open on July 28, at noon.
Regarding the protocol related to COVID-19, the NHL provides for a series of preventive measures to reduce the possibility of spread.
The rule change ultimately concerns offside as the contact between a player’s skate and the blue line will now be judged differently.