NHL awaits players’ vote before discussing what comes next

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, late Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

The NHL is awaiting the result of a players’ vote to approve a 24-team playoff format before discussing options on whether to restart the season. The NHL Players’ Association executive board could release the results of its vote as early as Friday. Numerous questions remain unanswered. Issues range from where to play to when the league can begin asking players to return to their respective teams. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league has a plan in place. He did not provide details.