The NHL Players’ Association’s board is meeting Friday night to discuss it, while the league’s Board of Governors might vote on the plan as quickly as this weekend. Approval from health officials in the 5 Canadian provinces that have teams is still required before the NHL can proceed with the season.

Training camps for the seven non-playoff groups would open Dec. 31 and then Jan. 3 for the other 24 groups. It’s uncertain whether teams would play in their house arenas or in “center” cities, though an all-divisional schedule is anticipated.

Exhibition games aren’t expected to be included in the leadup to the new season. Sportsnet in Canada first reported the tentative contract.

The NHL, like the NBA, completed its previous season in a quarantined bubble– 2 of them, one each in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Commissioner Gary Bettman awarded the Stanley Cup to the Tampa Bay Lightning in late September in Edmonton.

Owners and gamers agreed to a long-lasting extension of the collective bargaining arrangement prior to the 2019-20 season resumed, setting the table for monetary implications of the pandemic. They concurred recently to adhere to that offer, that includes players delaying 10% of salaries, a cap on cash they pay into escrow and a flat $81.5 million cap.

The NHL follows the NBA in approaching another regular season. The basketball season opens Tuesday.

One difficulty remaining is where the 7 Canada-based groups will play. The original plan was to put them in the exact same department, though harder pandemic restrictions north of the border put that into limbo today.

” The resumption of sports occasions in Canada need to be carried out in adherence to Canada’s steps to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19,” the general public Health Firm of Canada stated in a statement Thursday night. “NHL groups and other expert sports need to operate within the guidelines of their provincial jurisdictions for sports or sporting events.”