The NHL offseason has essentially wrapped up. There will be a few signings here and there from some teams. Teams are going to try and under pay their players to save some money. And those players are going to try to get the money they deserve from their team in contract arbitrations. A few teams are dealing with that, luckily the Avalanche won’t be. Joe Sakic and company have gotten all the Avs contracts signed and look ready for the next season. The thing is, no season has been announced.
As of now the NHL hasn’t set anything in stone. The NHL and NHLPA pushed back the initial start date from December 1st to January 1st. They announced that back in October. Which makes sense. Hockey is an extremely physical sport and players need to recover from the season. The 2019-2020 season ended on September 28th. If the NHL would have started on December 1st it would be a 71 day offseason. Just a 10 week offseason. Normally it’s about a 118 day offseason. 71 days is incredibly short for such a physical sport. Which means NHL fans will have to wait even longer for hockey to grace their televisions.
Hopefully NHL fans won’t have to wait too much longer. September 28th 2020 to January 1st 2021 isn’t that long without the NHL. Unless you’re a fan of one of the 7 teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Then you’ve waited to watch your team since March 12th. That actually is a long time without your favorite hockey team. Sorry to the fans of those seven teams. It really does suck to suck.
If the NHL were to plan for a traditional 118ish day offseason the start date for the 2020-21 season would be on January 18th. The league is tentatively planning on a January 1st start date, however. So the season will be here sooner rather than later.