Another week in the books, another week closer to the start of the 2019-20 season. With everyone caught up in the free-agent market, the NHL and NHLPA continue to meet to discuss the CBA. The NHL can opt out of the current agreement September 1 and the PA can do the same September 15. Here is more on that and other the NHL news from the last 24 hours.
As the NHL European Media Tour continues, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is optimistic in the direction CBA talks are going. As a part of these negotiations, the NHL and NHLPA are discussing the possibility of holding a World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021. (Sportsnet)
Over to the free-agent market as RFA forward Patrik Laine’s contract negotiations have been non-existent this summer with the Winnipeg Jets. Laine is preparing for anything this summer since he does not know what his status is with the team. (Winnipeg Sun)
Though he did not officially announce his retirement from the NHL, Eddie Lack can no longer play due to physical issues and will be taking a coaching position with the Arizona Sun Devils. (ArizonaSports.com)
One of the themes this off-season for NHL teams has been to unveil third jerseys. A leaked version of the Boston Bruins third jersey appeared last week, now Buffalo Sabres unveiled their third jersey for the team’s 50th anniversary. The Sabres jersey will feature gold and white gloves. (Buffalo News)
Travis Yost of TSN takes a look at the perils of NHL teams who pay players in their 30s large amounts of money over long periods of time. (TSN)