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Lightning Round: NHL and NHLPA agree on a training camp start date

Phase 3 will open on July 10.

2019 NHL Global Series Sweden Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Yesterday, the NHL and the NHLPA released a statement which we can take as an official announcement that training camps (Phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play plan) will open on Friday, July 10 if health and safety conditions allow for it.

However some additional details about the length of the training camp and potential date to start the best-of-five qualifying round still remain unclear. In yesterday’s piece, Pierre LeBrun from the Athletic mentioned that August 1 is to be expected as the date of start for the qualifying round, although the negotiations are still in the early stages.

In fact, it is more likely that the first games begin on Aug. 1 (or sometime close to that date). Again, this is all subject to negotiation. If the five-round tournament begins around Aug. 1, that would mean the Stanley Cup Final would take place in early October.

The training camps are mandatory for players of all 24 teams eligible to play in the NHL playoffs and qualifying round. The start date for Phase 3 being set for the middle of the next month allows players coming from Europe to have enough time for going through the quarantine.

The agreement still hasn’t been reached on quarantine restrictions with Canada, which affects Canadian teams, who might be forced to move their training camps to the United States.

At the same time, the CBA negotiations are continuing, Pierre LeBrun also had information about the current situation in the article mentioned above:

The current CBA runs through the 2021-22 season. Sources indicate both sides are talking about either a four- of five-year extension which would be tacked on to the current pact. An agreement on either of those extensions would mean the CBA wouldn’t expire until the 2025-26 season or the 2026-27 season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had their first practice at Amalie Arena on Tuesday with only six players allowed to be at the same facility and a mandatory temperature check before entering the rink. Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns covered it for NHL.com

Shattenkirk described what the first day back on the ice looked like for him and teammates. To start, it involved a temperature check at home and phone consultation with Tom Mulligan, the Lightning head athletic trainer getting the temperature numbers from each player and asking if they’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Once at the rink, Shattenkirk said his temperature was checked again. Players are required to wear masks around the facility when not working out. And social distancing is in play as well.

Although not every Bolts player is taking this seriously...