Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Playoff Qualifier Schedule Revealed | Maple Leafs Hotstove


    NHL and NHLPA ratify four-year CBA extension and Return to Play Plan. #StanleyCup Qualifiers to begin August 1.

    We also now have an updated critical dates calendar, as well as confirmation of Toronto as the NHL’s Eastern hub city:

    Free agency for the 2020-21 NHL season will either be Oct. 9 or seven days following the Stanley Cup Final (as late as Oct. 11).

    That means we could have free agency open the same day as the first round of the entry draft is held.

    With the announcement of the CBA extension and Return to Play protocols came the tentative schedule for the best-of-five play-in qualifiers at the start of August, including the Leafs and Blue Jackets’ series, which will start on August 2nd.

    We don’t have exact puck drop times yet, but the daily NHL schedule will proceed as follows:

    Here’s how a typical schedule of games will look in the NHL restart (all times ET): 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

    If the series requires four games, Games 3 and 4 will run as a back-to-back on August 6 and 7.

    The next date of significance in the immediate term is the opt-out deadline for players, which comes 5 p.m. on Monday, July 13, with training camps set to open next week across the league. As of now, the Leafs are looking at something along the lines of the following 31-man roster for when Stage 4 arrives, but it is subject to change should anyone on the team’s roster opt out.

    Hyman – Matthews – MarnerMikheyev – Tavares – Nylander
    Spezza/Kerfoot – Kerfoot/Spezza – Kapanen
    Clifford – Gauthier – Engvalleval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],’mapleleafshotstove_com-banner-1′,’ezslot_22′,127,’0′,’0′]));

    Gary Bettman has confirmed the Leafs will face the Blue Jackets in a best-of-five qualifying playoff round when the NHL resumes.


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