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Report: NHL won't restrict trades between Canadian, American teams

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The border between Canada and the United States remains closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that won't stop NHL teams in one nation from making deals with clubs in the other.

There will be no rules preventing intercountry trades, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on the latest edition of "Insider Trading."

However, players traded from Canada to the U.S. or vice versa will still be subject to quarantine protocols in the relevant provinces or states, LeBrun added.

The border has been closed to all non-essential travel since the COVID-19 outbreak in March.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford recently expressed concern that he wouldn't be able to make as many swaps as he usually does due to the travel restrictions.

The NHL is reportedly targeting a Jan. 13 start date for the 2020-21 season. Both the league and the NHLPA prefer a 56-game schedule.

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