A league source told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday that the target date for the puck drop has not changed as talks with the NHLPA continue.
The statement came a day after TSN Hockey insider Darren Dreger announced Monday that while the league is still hoping for a start in January, they are also considering postponing the start of training camps after the holidays.
LeBrun reported last month that NHL players are unwilling to change wage deferral / escrow rates from what had already been agreed to in the new collective agreement reached in July after it was raised by the league. The two sides continue to negotiate on the financial issues surrounding the coming season.
The entire NHL and NHLPA were aiming for a January 1 start date for the season in October. The length of the schedule and division formats have yet to be announced.
The pandemic delayed the 2019-20 NHL season ended on September 28 when the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in the Edmonton bubble.