REPORT: NHL and NHLPA reach tentative agreement on phase 3-4 protocols


According to hockey insiders Bob McKenzie (TSN), Elliotte Friedman (Sportsnet), and Chris Johnston (Sportsnet), the NHL and the NHLPA have come to a tentative agreement on the next return-to-play phases crucial to their plans for staging playoffs in 2020 the 2020-21 season.

Late Sunday afternoon, the army of insiders released the proposed information regarding the plans for the NHL’s proposed playoff plans.  They also indicated that, in conjunction with the return-to-play memo of understanding, both parties are determined to agree to an extended collective bargaining agreement, which would avoid a labor-related work stoppage for the first time in Gary Bettman’s tenure.

NBCSC’s Charlie Roumeliotis outlined several of the top points in the memo of understanding, which includes how the league will handle players who opt out of the return-to-play playoff tournament:

  • Any player that opts out of Phases 3 and 4 will not be penalized in any way, but they must notify their NHL teams in writing three days after the ratification vote is complete.
  • There will be a limit of 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies in Phase 3, and only players eligible to play in the 2019-20 season resumption are permitted to skate. A maximum of 52 personnel members — a minimum of three coaches and a maximum of 31 players — will be allowed to travel for Phase 4.
  • Each of the 24 NHL teams in Phases 3 and 4 must submit its list of participating players by Thursday. Formal training camps are expected to open on Monday, July 13.
  • Players must undergo a pre-participate medical exam, and if both the doctor administering the exam and the team’s infectious disease expert determine that a player is at “substantial risk of developing a serious illness,” the player will be deemed unfit to play. The player will, however, be allowed to seek a second opinion.
  • If a player who tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms in either Phase 3 or 4, the team is not permitted to share that information with the media or public, absent prior approval from the NHL, in consultation with the NHLPA.
  • If an individual leaves the bubble environment in the two respective hub cities without permission, the individual may be subject to consequences up to and including removal. In addition, violations could result in significant financial penalties for the club and/or loss of draft choices, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
  • Players’ families will be allowed to join the players for the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, which will be hosted by Edmonton.

This announcement comes on the heels of more players in Major League Baseball testing positive, including two Chicago White Sox players who tested positive during the initial intake process.

As far as the CBA negotiations are concerned, a huge point of contention is the salary escrow that the players will be subjected to. Friedman also noted that noticeable changes in the new agreement are regarding Olympic participation, strengthening no-movement clauses, 35-plus contract relaxation, and the elimination of conditional draft picks for players re-signing or not re-signing with the target teams.

More news should be released in the coming days.

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    Jeff Osborn

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    Under Qs moustache

    What do you call two hockey teams playing in front of no fans? ……………………A practice

    Using that line of logic; the Hawks have no business doing anything other than playing the five game maximum of the first round and letting Edmonton move on to the next round (effectively eliminating the Oiler’s chance at the #1 pick, they still have a few already).

    A 12.5% chance of winning the #1 pick over all should benefit the Hawks long term goals of rebuilding this franchise not to mention should they not win the #1 overall, they hold their spot at #10 overall where a very good player can be added. Taking a goalie in the first round this high is a big risk, with all of the other talent still on the board.

    Yes it’s true that HOF players are taken in the later first rounds and beyond, but franchise players like Kane, McDavid, or Crosby are at the top and will quickly add to the talent pool to replace Kane, Toews, Keith, Crow, Hossa, etc.,etc. moving forward.

    Here is an excellent way for the Hawks next group to see some playoff action, learn from the experience, and come back next year knowing what is expected of each of them playing against better teams with something extra on the line.

    Hawk management can also see where these players are in terms of their development, where the holes are in the lineup, and get a better grip on the rebuild progress. Specifically who has the tools and who either doesn’t or who doesn’t have them anymore. (NMC and NTC clauses are killing this rebuild, and expose young talent to the expansion draft next)

    Playing against a better offensive team with a better coach, means the only way to win is if Crow stands on his head and carries this team to the next round. For all the Crow doubters, here’s your chance to be right or be made wrong. Edmonton doesn’t have the goaltending advantage in this series, but they are even or better everywhere else.

    Hawks management should have made a decision on if they are going to resign Crow or not by now, so this benefits Crow as a showcase to the league on signing him to a deal should the Hawks pass. Edmonton could be one of those interested parties. Crow has little to lose if the Hawks advance or not, as he is a UFA. He could retire too, seeing that his career is at it’s end as a starter, if he chooses to continue to play. He’s probably a better player than Khabibulin was at this age but his effectiveness playing 45 or more games is less than in his two championship seasons. The Hawks cannot commit 11M to goaltending with the cap where it is next year.

    Dehlia is a career back up at best, and will not win enough games to allow Cory a 35 game regular season and still make the playoffs. A trade or a UFA goalie has to be in the works if the Hawks are going to be a contender while Toews and Kane have anything left to give.

    Jeff Osborn

    The problem is that they can’t even afford the players they need to re-sign. They’ll need a $5M a year goalie at minimum. I have it on good authority that Lehner is going to sign a $5M per year ext with the Knights. They could have had him and completely screwed it up. Lehner and Delia until Askaraov is ready. The timeline works and they would be solid in goal for the next decade.

    I love Crow, but a battery of a soon-to-be 36-year-old with a history of major Post Concussion Syndrome and a guy who hs 12 NHL games isn’t comforting. Like I said, they had the inside track on a high end goalie (in his 20s) that could have kept them competitive for the next 5 years. Now that is all hopes and dreams.

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