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UFA, RFA Talks Expected to Heat Up as NHL Targets January 13 Return


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Friedman, paraphrased:


"The names you're going to hear: Andreas Athanasiou, Mike Hoffman, Mikail Granlund — [he] apparently kinda wants to situate his family. It wouldn't be a surprise if he made his decision in the next few days. I think there's a number of guys who want to do that. I've been told the action has picked up."






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Yeah, it's surprising some of these names have gone this far without a contract, but there's no money out there.


Guys will want to know what city they're playing in sooner rather than later I'm sure, so what Freidge says makes sense.

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The league and NHLPA continue grinding away on things like playoffs, critical dates, transition rules and protocols. It’s important stuff, and it’s time-consuming. The Board of Governors were told the hope is for a vote some time next week. The players would vote beforehand.


COVID controls everything, but target dates are Dec. 31 for 2020 non-playoff teams to report; Jan. 3 for those who did make it. There is also a contingency plan for “hubs” if necessary. Potential sites include Columbus, Newark and Vegas in the US; Edmonton and Toronto in Canada.


The expectation is that the top four teams in each division will make the playoffs. Personal thought: would it make sense, for this year only, to choose the Stanley Cup semifinal matchups based on travel distance? There’s some precedent. When the NHL re-aligned to the current divisions, it considered re-seeding the final four. That didn’t happen, partially because of an East Coast/West Coast semifinal. Teams didn’t want that travel until the last round.


We might get it anyway if three eastern time zone teams win, but it adds another level of flexibility to prevent it.



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