RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 30: Alex Nedeljkovic #39 of the Carolina Hurricanes pauses during a break in play against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in Game One of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 30, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The 2020-21 NHL season is still going on, but naturally, most fans are already wondering when the league is starting things off for 2021-2022. A prominent NHL reporter may have the answer.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon tweeted on Monday that the NHL is sending out two drafts of the 2021-22 schedule to teams this week, with a target start date of Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. Thank the Lord! But why two schedule drafts? According to Shannon, the league is planning for one schedule with the Olympics, and one without.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly recently said the 2021-2022 NHL schedule will be officially released by the “3rd week in July,” per Shannon’s report. So it won’t be too long after the league crowns a Stanley Cup champion for 2021. I can’t wait for the new NHL season because I need to route on my Carolina Hurricanes again!

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