(Reuters) – The National Hockey League and union representing its players have reached a tentative agreement on protocols to resume a season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Sunday.
Daly told Reuters the two sides were finalizing details on an extension to the current bargaining agreement, which, along with return-to-play protocols, would need to be ratified by the union’s executive committee followed by a full membership vote.
A spokesman for the NHL Players’ Association did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the status of talks by Reuters.
TSN reported that players on the 24 teams, who will compete in an expanded playoff format across two hub cities, could opt out of participating without penalty but need to make their decision by Tuesday.
The report also said players and