The NHL and NHL Players’ Association each ratified a four-year extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, through the 2025-26 season, the League and union announced Friday.
The sides also ratified plans to resume play Aug. 1 at centralized hubs in Toronto and Edmonton as part of the NHL Return Play Plan.
Training camps can open in the teams’ local markets on Monday, which is the start of Phase 3. The 24 teams participating in the Return to Play Plan will travel July 26 to the two hub cities — 12 Eastern Conference teams to Toronto and 12 Western Conference teams to Edmonton — where they will begin play Aug. 1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, which is Phase 4.
The Leafs are scheduled to play the Columbus Blue Jackets in a best-of-5 qualifier series.
Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs
Thursday, Aug. 6: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets
Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets, if necessary
Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs, if necessary