NHL skaters will be removed from the NHL’s current contract with the NHL Players Association, according to the league’s executive vice president of business operations.
NHLPA executive director Mike Babcock told NHL.com that the league will be able to sign a new deal with its members as soon as June, with the new deal set to include a reduction in the number of games and games per season.
The deal, which is set to expire at the end of the season, was signed after the players’ association negotiated a new contract with NHL.
The league is the union representing players.
The players are expected to vote on the new contract on July 26.
The NHLPA is seeking a six-year extension to the current contract, which expires at the start of next season.