The NHLPA made the announcement Tuesday with some added details.
The NHLPA's Executive Board has approved the tentative CBA and referred it to the NHLPA Membership for a ratification vote. pic.twitter.com/nqDpMpZYbd
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 8, 2020
Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted a “simple majority” will be enough to pass.
Full NHLPA membership will now vote over 48 hours (Wednesday-Friday). A simple majority is enough to pass the tentative CBA
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 8, 2020
So, in short: we’re one step closer to hockey.
Some details in the tentative agreement added four years to the current CBA, so it now will be extended until Sept. 2026.
As for Phase 3 and 4, players can have up to 30 players, but an unlimited number of goalies is permitted. Phase 3 is set to begin July 13.
When the NHL enters Phase 4, players will be in what’s being referred to as “Secure Zones” and will be tested daily for COVID-19.
This is one more positive step in the NHL’s quest for the 2019-20 Stanley Cup.
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