Report: NHL and NHLPA lack of progress could push start date to February 1

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Former NHL player and TV Analyst, Nick Kypreos is reporting that the league and players association did not meet this weekend. This is the first time both sides have not spoken in weeks and could spell a big delay.

NHL delayed start date will reduce schedule

The repercussions of the two sides failing to make any progress could also mean a regular season of just 48 games. If you recall, the last proposal was to start on or around January 1 for a 60 game schedule.

There is still hope to make significant progress this week and meet the November 30 deadline to hit on January 1. That is of course if the NHL backs off their escrow demands.

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