Ramblings – All the Return-To-Play news I could dig up. Plus thoughts on Vanecek and more (Dec 21)



The 15th annual Fantasy Hockey Guide is out and ready for download! Draft List too! Updated up to the Anthony Duclair news!


There really is a lot to digest these past few days. I think Elliotte Friedman, Pierre Lebrun, Cap Friendly, NHL.com, Chris Johnston and Frank Seravalli had the most comprehensive information on that stuff and I have gathered it all up and pulled out the nuggets for you here. Hockey's back, time to set your fantasy league's draft date!


NHL Schedule of Events:

Jan 03 – Training Camps Open

Jan. 13 – 2020-21 NHL Season begins (official)

Apr. 12 – NHL Trade Deadline

May 08 – Regular Season ends

July 15 – Latest date of Cup game

July 17 – Submit expansion protected lists

July 21 – Expansion Draft (Kraken)

July 28 – UFA opens/Free Agent Frenzy

So everything is wrapped up in mid-July. The trade deadline happens with 26 days left in the season, which shaves about a week off. The seven non-playoff teams from last season can open training camps on December 31.

Players need to opt out one week before their respective training camp opens, if they plan to opt out for this season. I don't anticipate many, if any, players to opt out.


The one-year Divisions will be as follows:

North – Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toron