Stephen: NHL and players reach tentative deal to resume season

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The NHL and its player’s union reached agreement on a couple of major deals Monday, the first of which will see the league resume its season on August 1, the AP reports. The league and the NHLPA agreed on a return-to-play format that would see its expanded 24-team season start training camps on July 13, with teams traveling to hub cities on July 26 for exhibition games, which a source revealed to be Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, for at least the first two playoff rounds.

Additionally, the league and the union have agreed to a new CBA which would run through 2026. A source said the new CBA covers numerous on- and off-ice issues, including the NHL’s potential return to the Olympics. The deals will both still need to be approved by a majority of the NHLPA’s 31-member executive committee before going to a vote by the full membership. It will also still need two-thirds of owners to approve. Sources say the final votes are expected to be done by Friday.

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