If the NHL can avoid another work stoppage, the schedule for the upcoming season is set.
The league announced Thursday that the Los Angeles Kings will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner Oct. 12 when they host the New York Rangers.
The current collective bargaining agreement, though, expires Sept. 15.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said May 30 that he expected negotiations with the players’ association on a new CBA to begin in a couple of weeks. If there have been talks taking place or scheduled, the league isn’t saying.
"No update to offer," NHL spokesman Frank Brown wrote in an email.
Messages seeking comment were left Thursday with NHL Players’ Association spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon.
The Kings, who hoisted their first Stanley Cup earlier this month, will travel to play New Jersey on Feb. 9 in a finals rematch in their only scheduled matchup.
Opening night matchups Oct. 11 include Boston playing at Philadelphia, and Colorado hosting St. Louis.
Detroit will face Toronto in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium and the All-Star game is Jan. 27 in Columbus, Ohio. Just two of 30 teams aren’t scheduled to play when the regular season ends April 13.