On Monday, lost in the news that Duncan Keith was traded to Edmonton, the NHL made a significant announcement: the league is planning on a full, 82-game schedule for the 2021-22 season. The season will begin in October and end in April with the Stanley Cup Playoffs ending in June, when they have traditionally taken place.
And the Central Division will have a new participant moving forward: the Arizona Coyotes.
The Yotes will move to the Central to make room for the expansion Seattle Kraken in the Pacific as the league returns to the normal division format.
The NHL plans to release the 2021-22 schedule before the 2021 NHL Draft on July 23-24.
The league also announced they’re examining ways to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics. According to the release, the NHL is working on two versions of the 2021-22 schedule: one that includes a break for the 2022 Beijing Olympics, and another that does not.