The NHL is figuring out plans for its 2021 season, and a start date and divisional realignment could be coming into focus. The league is hoping to start the season on January 13th. Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said that date was the goal, but that is likely the most optimistic goal given the uncertainty.
The Covid-19 pandemic is requiring sports leagues get creative in how they protect their players, coaches, and staffs. The NHL used a bubble for its 2020 playoff, and is now looking at a realignment of divisions to limit travel. Canadian regulations prevent American teams from traveling north of the border, so any realignment would be predicated in part on having a division made of only Canadian teams. Pierre LeBrun reported the following divisions is the current plan.