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We don’t know the exact dates yet, but here’s a quick overview of what’s on the books for the NHL and NHLPA.1.
Team rosters for the next round will be reduced.
All teams will have the option to trim down their rosters to 50 players or 60.2.
The NHLPA will not negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement until 2019.
The next round of bargaining begins on Jan. 19 and ends with the start of the 2019-20 regular season on March 1.3.
Players on the injured list will not be able to play during the playoffs, but will be eligible for return to the lineup at the end of the regular season.4.
If a team makes the playoffs in each of the next three rounds, the player on the disabled list will return to play.5.
Players with multiple concussions or other injuries will not play in the playoffs.6.
Players will be allowed to play in some games if they have symptoms that limit their ability to play or reduce their performance.7.
The number of players who have been suspended will be cut from six to four.
The suspension can last up to two seasons.8.
Players who have experienced a concussion or other head injury will not automatically be placed on the suspended list.
Players placed on a suspended list must still consult with their doctor about returning to the ice.9.
If players are suspended during the postseason, their names will be released in a separate announcement from the NHL.10.
The following players are exempt from the concussion protocol: veterans, active players with one season left on their contracts, NHL players with no NHL experience, active NHL players who are under the age of 24, NHLers who have had a concussion and who have participated in the NHL’s Concussion Protocol Program, and players who were in the National Hockey League prior to the start in 2019.