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Christian’s Daily Links: Finally, Some Good News for the NHL Season

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Good morning hockey fans!

While it might be a frigid day here on Long Island, there was some positive news about the potential 2020-21 NHL season. TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun reported Monday night that the NHL was now eyeing a Jan. 13 start date for a 56 game schedule for the 2020-21 season. More importantly, the two sides were done discussing the financial terms of the memorandum of understanding of the current collective bargaining agreement. (TSN)

The good news is that the financial stalemate is over, but the NHL and Players Association still have plenty of details to iron out for a return to play. COVID-19 protocols have to be ironed out, when training camps will begin, playoffs and division realignment are all items that have to still be agreed upon. (Sportsnet)

Our Jimmy Murphy takes you behind the scenes and gives you a look at the battle that is brewing between some NHL owners and commissioner Gary Bettman. Could Bettman actually play the role of hero in the eyes of hockey fans? (NYI Hockey Now)

In the first two games of Alex Jefferies’ college hockey career, he had a goal and two assists. That’s not a bad way for things to start for the New York Islanders’ fourth-round pick at this year’s NHL Draft. (NYI Hockey Now)

What is the hold up with Mat Barzal’s new deal. The Islanders were able to get $6 million in cap space after Johnny Boychuk ended his career last month, but the money remains unused. (New York Hockey Now)

The NHL is trying to salvage this season, but it’s hard not to think ahead to next year when the Seattle Kraken enter the league and the other 31 teams have to go through the expansion draft. Who on the Islanders this year could end up a member of Seattle when all is said and done? (The Athletic)

Ever wonder what every trade the Islanders made in December looked like? Well now is your chance to see what the Isles gave up to acquire Jack Capuano. (Eyes on Isles)

If the San Jose Sharks cannot practice in Santa Clara County because of COVID-19, where could they go? (San Jose Hockey Now

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