According to Elliotte Friedman, the NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement on a 56-game season.
We may not have information about scheduling and an iron-clad start date, and we still don't have confirmation that the health authorities from all five Canadian provinces that host NHL teams have signed off. But any step forward is a positive at this point.
After Friedman got the ball rolling, some other information started to trickle in.
With COVID continuing to rage, I have my doubts that the season will start on January 13, which is now less than a month away. I don’t think we’d have to wait much longer than that. Players are already starting to make their way back to their home cities, so they could still pull off a January 13 start date if everything goes right.