We have some recent NHL news to report on. It looks like the NHL is finalizing a plan to return to play, along with a new six-year collective bargaining agreement.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but the players are expected to vote this coming week on the deal.

Players could vote as soon as tomorrow (Monday). The vote will be done electronically and players will have 72 hours to vote. After a week of bargaining, the deal is expected to pass a vote.

Where Will the NHL Return to Play?

For the longest time, the NHL wanted to have one hub city in Canada and one in the USA.

However, with coronavirus numbers shooting up across America, the NHL now wants both of the hub cities to be in Canada. It looks like Toronto (East) and Edmonton (West) will be the hub cities.

The announcement hasn’t had any impact on the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup odds for the host cities.

 


Toronto and Edmonton Set To Become NHL Hub Cities


 

Toronto are still 25/1 to win the Cup and Edmonton are still 28/1 to win the Cup.

I’m a little surprised we haven’t seen some movement on these two teams. I think being one of the hub cities is a big advantage when looking at NHL futures bets, which makes me feel better about my Maple Leafs prediction.

Important Dates for the 2020 NHL Playoffs

We have a list of important dates that were included in the most recent deal.

July 13th: Training camps can begin where permitted on this date.

July 26th: Teams are expected to arrive in Toronto/Edmonton on this date.

August 1st: NHL games are expected to start on this date.

If there are no delays, the NHL playoffs would conclude the first week of October. However, the NHL would need to shut down again if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak in either hub city.

August 10th: The NHL Draft lottery for the #1 pick will be held on this date.

We all know that Canadian Alexis Lafreniere will be the #1 pick in the NHL Draft this year, however, we don’t know what team he’ll land on yet. The Red Wings were burned during the initial lottery.

Detroit had the best chance of picking #1, but they ended up with the #4 pick.

The actual NHL Draft will be completed after the Cup in mid-October.

November 1st: For the first time in NHL history, free agency wouldn’t begin until the fall.

Even if the players vote “Yes” to this deal, any player can opt-out. They can opt-out of the rest of this season without any penalties. It’ll be interesting to see how many players opt out.

We’ve already seen a lot of NHL players testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.

NHL Players Can Compete in the Olympics Again

One of the biggest stories this week was that the NHL will allow players to compete in the Olympics again. As part of the new deal, players can compete in the 2022 and 2026 Winter Olympics.

I grew up cheering on Team Canada and loved watching the best players in the world compete in the Olympics every four years, so I’m ecstatic about this news.

It was the least the NHL and the owners could do for the players.

About the Author

Scott is one of our newest writer and handicapper here at ScoresAndStats.com, but he has been writing sports betting content for more than a decade online. His work has been featured on many websites.

 

Scott is a millennial (born in 1989) who grew up in Toronto, Canada and he has never left the big city. He grew up playing a few sports (hockey, soccer and baseball) when he was younger. His favorite sport was hockey and he played goalie. He still likes to get out to the rinks to play some pick-up with his buddies.

 

Growing up in Toronto, Scott is a huge fan of all Toronto teams.

 

He watches the Maple Leafs and Raptors religiously. Scott also enjoys watching the Blue Jays, Argonauts and TFC.

 

His best sports memory was when the Raptors were crowned the 2019 NBA Champions. Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for the Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup during his lifetime.

 

Scott may be a diehard fan of Toronto sports teams, but he loves watching all sports. He’s a huge UFC fan (look for his UFC betting articles for most events) and he’ll watch just about anything, including tennis, golf, soccer and cricket.

 

Scott is a numbers guy and he likes digging deep into the statistics when handicapping games. He also likes to identify value bets in markets most bettors overlook, including player/team props.

 

When he’s not handicapping and watching sports, he enjoys golfing in the warmer months. He also loves burgers and poutine. Not only is that his favorite meal, but he has tried over 100 burgers in Toronto and he’s constantly looking for the best new burgers in the city.

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