The 2021 NHL regular season is coming into focus for the Boston Bruins, and for everybody else across the league.
The NHLPA and the NHL Board of Governors are both meeting to discuss the frameworks for the season this weekend, and the league is attempting to iron out some of the details involving the potential All-Canadian division for this totally unorthodox season. There have been some potential key dates already proposed for the upcoming season as well and we have some of them right here.
The NHL season, by most reports, is proposed to start on or around Jan. 13 after a brief training camp starting after New Year’s for most teams, and some of the usual regular season signposts for the 56-game season have been introduced as well.
Per Darren Dreger, the NHL trade deadline will be much later than usual on April 12, and the 2021 NHL Draft will be held on July 23-24.
April 12, 2021 has been marked as the NHL Trade Deadline. July 23/24 are the dates for the NHL Draft.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 20, 2020
NHL free agency will kick off just a couple of days later on July 28 with the NHL season clearly set to wrap up within the first three weeks of July as well, as we’ll once again have some summer playoff hockey this year if everything goes as planned. The end of the NHL regular season is expected to be in the beginning days of May, per multiple reports.
The NHL schedule and the exact protocols for this season will be mapped out as things progress, but it sure looks like we’re all going to get the anticipation of NHL hockey under our Christmas trees this season.
Now on to the links:
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) George Richards looks back on a year ago in Florida Panthers history when Noel Acciari made franchise history by going hat trick crazy. (Florida Hockey Now)
*It looks like it’s going to be an awfully interesting year for the San Jose Sharks as they celebrate their 30th Anniversary as an NHL franchise. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*Good luck to FOH Kevin Allen, who is leaving the USA Today after 30 plus years covering the sport of hockey for the paper of record in the US. Allen is not only a great friend to the sport, but he’s been a tireless advocate for us lowly hockey writers for the last three decades. (USA Today)
*Mike Richter joined SiriusXM NHL Network Radio to talk about Henrik Lundqvist’s heart condition and what this means for his hockey career.
Coast to Coast
— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) December 20, 2020
*Who has the NHL’s best defensemen? Pro Hockey Talk broke it all down with the Carolina Hurricanes listed as one of the best. Just curious, did they watch the first round of the playoffs against the Bruins last summer? Because the Carolina defenseman corps didn’t exactly deliver. (NBC Sports)
*Boy, this kid has skills to pay the bills.
Kid’s gonna tear it up. GUARANTEED.
(🎥: IG/ richiehockey) pic.twitter.com/adGcEfPai6
— NHL (@NHL) December 20, 2020
*For something completely different: Living with his parents and he owns $29,000 in porn? Boy, what a catch. (NBC10)