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The NHL and NHLPA came to an agreement last night to go forward with a regular season set to begin on January 13th. The agreement still needs to be formalized but it appears hockey is officially back and a 56 game regular season followed by a full playoff will take place. Here’s everything we know to this point as it relates to the Golden Knights.

  • 56 game regular season schedule will be played completely inside of division. (Source: NHL.com)
    • The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8th with the Stanley Cup being awarded in early July. (Source: TSN.ca)
  • Golden Knights to be in a division with Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, and St. Louis (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
  • Four teams will make the playoffs from each division (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • The four playoff teams in each division will then play each other to determine one division champion to participate in conference semi-final. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
    • Conference final matchups will be determined by regular season points. (Source: @TheFourthPeriod)
  • Players will receive their full salaries this season, no proration. (Source: FriedgeHNIC)
  • Any players can opt-out of the season, without pay, if player or immediate family member is considered high-risk. Their contract would then be paused until they resume play. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
  • Official training camp for the Golden Knights is scheduled to begin on January 3rd (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
  • There will be no exhibition games played. (Source: @reporterchris)
  • A 4 to 6 player “taxi squad” will be created to bring the standard team roster to 29 players.  (Source: @frank_seravalli)
    • These players would be paid AHL salary and would only count against the cap if they make more than $1.075 million. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
    • Waivers will be necessary to transport a player from an NHL roster to a taxi squad. (Source: Sportsnet.ca)
  • Teams are required to carry three goalies at all times. (Source: @reporterchris)
  • The Trade Deadline is scheduled for April 12th. (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
  • There has been nothing reported about whether or not fans will be allowed in the buildings to watch games.