With word now circulating that the NHL and NHLPA are on the brink of finalizing their agreement to play the 2020-221 season, NHL teams will have some quick decisions to make. From what we understand, only about 36 players will be allowed to training camps.
There is word tonight NHL & NHLPA have tentative deal on 56-game season.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 19, 2020
Building on @FriedgeHNIC report that NHL/NHLPA deal is close for 2021 season, now is when things get fun — in the details.
Hearing training camps will be limited to about 36 players. With rosters expanded to 28-30 (via taxi squads) once games start.
Curious where it all lands.
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 19, 2020
Some more points on NHL/NHLPA agreement:
– 24 teams in 2019-20 RTP start camps Jan 3
– 7 teams that missed RTP start camps Dec 31
– Players have the option to opt-out of season
– Clubs can have a small taxi squad to travel/practice with, players paid AHL salary unless 'called up'
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) December 19, 2020
We’ve heard two dates for a possible start to the Kings training camp, both December 30 and 31st. Regardless of which date ends up being official, LA management is expecting camp rosters to be limited to about 36 players.
Here’s a quick look at the players they’ll have on the board… and it’s more than 36 at the moment:
Alex Iafallo – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe – Gabriel Vilardi – Martin Frk
Carl Grundstrom – Blake Lizotte – Jeff Carter
Austin Wagner – Jaret Anderson-Dolan – Matt Luff
Michael Amadio, Trevor Moore
Olli Maatta – Drew Doughty
Mikey Anderson – Matt Roy
Kurtis MacDermid – Sean Walker
Kale Clague, Tobias Bjornfot
The above list is comprised of what is believed to be LA’s projected roster for the 2020-21 season (with Clague and Bjornfot rotating between the NHL and AHL rosters). That was put together prior to any notion of a taxi squad or expanded rosters. And that total number comes out to 24 players; which would only allow for 12 additions if the Kings camp roster needs to be at 36. Thus, the following players would most likely be in consideration:
That’s another 21 players. However, one aspect that will at least make things a little easier to whittle that list to 12 is the fact a handful of players are tied up until early January at the World Junior Championship — namely Byfield, Kaliyev, Turcotte, and Bjornfot (from the initial list of players above).
Today's @kingsofthepod also has all the latest updates re: injury status of Rasmus Kupari, Tyler Madden, Cole Hults, etc. – including who will be ready for LA Kings training camp in a few weeks.
Plus, what's the status of Fagemo, Andersson, Grundstrom, other players in Europe?
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 10, 2020
The migration to SoCal has begun…
Hearing Carl Grundstrom is on his way back to Los Angeles to begin quarantine, in advance of training camp potentially opening.
Several of the Kings other prospects currently in Europe are expected to play games on Dec 17/18, then head back.
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 13, 2020
Then, as we reported last week, there’s the fact several European players are already on their way to Los Angeles to begin their mandatory 8-day quarantine. Adding them into the mix brings things into focus.
Take the initial list above (23 = 24 – Bjornfot), add one additional goaltender to it. That’s 24.
Then add Lias Andersson, Aidan Dudas, Mikey Eyssimont, Sammy Fagemo, Rasmus Kupari, Akil Thomas, Tyler Madden, and Johan Sodergran. That’s a total of 32 players.
Which would most likely leave room for four more defensemen in camp; probably Mark Alt, Sean Durzi, Jacob Moverare, and Austin Strand.
12/19/2020 UPDATE – Additional information regarding the Kings roster, including which 36 are coming to camp and key plans for their top prospects, was posted here.
Now, about those divisions…
So the new "Pacific" Division is now…
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vegas Golden Knights
Or, just wait an hour and it will change again.
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) December 12, 2020
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