The NHL and the NHL Players' Association gave the go-ahead Thursday for teams to open training camp July 10 in the next step forward toward completing the pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season.
"I think safety's first and foremost," Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel said earlier this week. "I still think there's a lot to go into it."
Camps are expected to last two weeks, if not slightly longer. Under this timeline, exhibition games could begin as soon as July 24 with playoff games starting roughly a week later.
Setting a July 10 start for camps allows players to make arrangements to return to their home cities in light of quarantine regulations in Canada and the United States.