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Common sense may prevail when it comes to contracts that are scheduled to conclude at the end of next month.
The NHL intends to agree on a slide with the NHLPA that would extend all contracts through the end of the 2019-20 season, an NHL source told The Athletic's Michael Russo.
This would apply to NHL players in the final years of their deals, as well as minor leaguers on two-way contracts.
However, whether it will apply to coaches and other team employees remains to be seen, because they don't have a union of their own.
"The dynamic is different without collective representation," the source told Russo.
June 30 is traditionally the final day of the league year before the new one begins July 1. While the league and the players' union are reportedly making progress on a 24-team playoff format, a timetable for the NHL's return hasn't yet been determined.