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Jimmy Murphy: We may be getting closer to seeing the NHL back on the ice



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As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly fight a multi-front battle with NHL owners, the players, and COVID, a sudden wave of optimism for the 2020-21 NHL season to be played permeated around the league as the first weekend in December arrived.

The relationship between the NHL and NHLPA is souring once again.

Multiple NHL owners would prefer not to play a truncated 2020-21 NHL season, but as of Friday morning, there was a strong enough push from within the PA and, more importantly, from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly to soldier through and make sure we have NHL hockey back at some point next month.

“Unless COVID makes it impossible, I don’t think you have to worry about us playing,” the league source told BHN.

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