Daly: Season must start by Nov. 2 for 82-game schedule


A full NHL season isn’t possible unless it starts by Nov. 2, deputy commissioner Bill Daly stressed Wednesday to the Canadian Press.

Which is to say, a full NHL season is extremely unlikely.

The league has set a deadline of Oct. 25 for a new CBA to be reached in order for each team to hold a week-long training camp and play 82 regular-season games. Given today is Oct. 24 and no talks have been scheduled between the league and players, a shortened season appears all fans can hope for.

There’s been talk the NHL could push back its deadline and still play a full season. But assuming Daly isn’t bluffing, that’s not the case.

The NBA played a shortened 66-game season last year following a lockout.

The NHL played a shortened 48-game season following the 1994-95 lockout.

Update (1:52 p.m. ET):

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