The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association took a major step toward getting hockey back Friday night.

"We have a tentative agreement with the Players’ Association on plans for the 2020-21 NHL season. The agreement is subject to approval by both of our respective constituencies.," NHL deputy  commissioner Bill Daly told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.

According to, the agreement will be for a 56-game regular season.

The NHL plans to schedule a Board of Governors call/vote on either Sunday or Monday, LeBrun adds. The NHLPA had an executive board call Friday night, where a source told LeBrun the board was supportive of progressing under the terms as they were discussed with the NHL.

LeBrun reports the issue involving Canadian teams over health protocols in certain provinces is still not resolved, but the hope is to resolve it by Monday. TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reports that if all parties are unable to sort out the details, the options for the seven Canadian teams include an Edmonton hub city bubble or moving to the United States for the season.

"Players don’t seem wild about either," Seravalli tweets.

Seravalli reports that the agreement calls for training camps to open on Jan. 3 and the regular season on Jan. 13. The seven teams that did not make the 24-team Return to Play arrangement over the summer can open camp on Dec. 30. Seravalli adds that all dates are subject to change and the scheduling has not yet been finalized.

The agreement includes a 23-player roster with a four to six player taxi squad. Up to 29 players will travel and practice with each NHL team while members of the taxi squad will be paid a full AHL salary. The salary cap will be at $81.5 million and the collective bargaining agreement has been expanded to include for more flexible emergency recalls.

Players will have the option to opt-out for the upcoming season, if a player or immediate family member is considered to be high-risk.

"Believe it is without pay," tweeted Seravalli of the opt-out.

In regards to divisions, LeBrun reports there was only one switch from the ones relayed a few weeks ago, with the Dallas Stars and Minnesota swapping places. The divisions pending Board of Governors approval are expected to be the following:

-Canadian teams (if they can play in Canada)

-Bruins, Sabres, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins, Capitals

-Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Stars, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Panthers, Predators, Lightning

-Ducks, Coyotes, Avalanche, Kings, Wild, Sharks, Blues, Golden Knights

No announcement has been made by the NHL or NHLPA regarding an agreement or official start to the 2020-21 season.