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News wrap up: NHLPA to not reopen the CBA and more

A lot happened yesterday that is going to have a big impact on your hockey viewing experience in the coming season and beyond.

Bridgestone Winter Classic 2020 Press Conference

With preseason officially underway we are going to get a lot more news. Yesterday quite a few smaller items dropped, and while we would like to go dig deep into everything here at Five For Howling for your time and ours’ a quick recap seems like the better option.

NHLPA announces they will not be reopening the CBA

The biggest news of yesterday, the NHL Players Association will not be reopening the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Previously the owners announced that they will not be exercising their rights to reopen the agreement, but there was a very real possibility the players would exercise their right to reopen the deal to address their concerns. Thanks to this announcement we will have uninterrupted hockey until after the 2021-22 season and hopefully beyond.

Arizona to host the 2020 Rookie Faceoff Tournament

After a week of rumors, it was finally confirmed that Arizona will be hosting next year’s Rookie Faceoff Tournament.

On September 7-10th the Anaheim Ducks hosted the Coyotes, the Colorado Avalanche, the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vegas Golden Knights in a rookie tournament. Next season the Coyotes will be given the honor of hosting the event at Gila River Arena. Dates and details are still yet to emerge, but it’s great to see Arizona getting the opportunity to host an event such as this and could lead to Arizona getting to host the All Star Game they missed out on due to a previous lockout.

The first round of cuts announced

The Coyotes are done to 52 players as the announced the first round of nine cuts.

Not a lot of surprises this round, although I am a bit surprised that Liam Kirk didn’t last a bit longer. None of these players were expected to make the team out of training camp and none of them played Sunday against the Golden Knights. Most players will go back to down to their respective juniors teams except for Connor Hall who was a camp invite who missed much of his time in the OHL struggling with injuries.

NHL has a new bag policy

Although it hasn’t gotten too much attention the NHL has a new bag policy, limiting the size and type of bag that can be brought into games.

As many people have pointed out online this could serve as a major problem for families with small children. According to the Gila River Arena website “Backpacks of any size are not permitted” and “Bags larger than 12”x12”x6” are prohibited (i.e. large purses, diaper bags, suitcases, beach bags, laptop bags, etc.)”