The Philadelphia Flyers are Officially Back
Rejoice Flyers fans, hockey is officially back. According to Elliotte Friedman, the NHL Board of Governors call was a success and we will have a NHL season scheduled to start on January 13th.
NHL & NHLPA officially announce agreement to play 56 games
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 20, 2020
The Flyers are now in the new look East Division and are only going to play those teams exclusively. The division is as follows:
Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington. A really tough division but who cares… hockey is back.
Some rule changes of note going into the new season are:
Entry-level slide rule for players starting the season is set to 7 games allowed instead of the usual 10.
Training camp will feature 36 skaters and unlimited goalies. (Good for a goalie factory like us)
The official opt-out deadline will be December 24th for non-playoff teams, and the 27th for playoff clubs. Group II RFAs must be signed by February 11th to play this season.
Playoffs will be top 4 in each division, each division produces a Stanley Cup Semi-Finalist which means assumingely the 1-seed plays the 4-seed, and 2 plays 3.
Each team will have a 4 man “Taxi Squad” of players technically in the AHL and on minor salaries, but can fill in for the big club when need be.
Hockey is back baby!! LETS GO FLYERS pic.twitter.com/CDjbWg7jjg
— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) December 20, 2020
Mandatory Credit: Kennedy Rose