Reports are breaking late this evening that both the NHL and NHLPA are very close to finalizing a deal. In the agreement is a 40 page Return to Play document. One extremely important piece of information has to do with opting out of play.
Per Bob McKenzie of TSN, “Any player may opt out of Phase 3 and Phase 4 without penalty of any kind, but must make that decision and notify his club in writing by no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 7; Each of the 24 NHL clubs in Phase 3/4 must submit a list of participating players by no later than July 9.”
At this time details are dropping at a feverish pace with pieces of the CBA language as well. Here are the most important points:
Return to Play Stage 4 states, "Individuals leaving…without permission may be subject to consequences up to and including removal." In addition, "violations…will result in, for clubs, significant penalties, potentially including fines and/or loss of draft choices."— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 6, 2020
Stay tuned, because there is an expectation that some players may opt out this coming Tuesday.