From the time the NHL starts the postseason until the end of the NHL season, players will take on the stress of competing with the pain and suffering of their body.
The NHL, the NHLPA and players union have agreed to take a proactive approach to help players cope with their pain and injuries, including limiting ice time and playing through pain.
The goal is to minimize the damage to their bodies and lessen the pressure on their bodies to perform well.
The league also wants to minimize injury and stress to players’ bodies, especially with the new CBA in place that limits the amount of time players can play and reduce the amount they have to wear masks.
The players’ union and the NHL have reached a tentative agreement that would increase the minimum number of minutes of ice time allowed in the postseason to five per team, and increase the number of teams allowed to have at least two skaters in each team’s lineup.
Players will also be allowed to wear full face masks while in the playoffs.
Players will be able to play for as long as they like during the regular season.
The team that wins the Stanley Cup will receive the right to start the playoffs in the same place that the previous champion finished.
The NHLPA has agreed to a new rule that would allow players to return to the ice for up to 15 minutes if they are injured, but not to play.
The two sides also agreed to extend the deadline for players to be evaluated by an independent physician for signs of concussions and head injuries, and to agree on the maximum amount of recovery time a player should be allowed.
Players can expect to return home to their families in time for the start of the playoffs, with their families still being notified when their player returns.