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Report: Players to approve NHL's 24-team return-to-play proposal

The NHLPA executive committee is expected to turn over a vote in favour of the league’s proposed 24-team playoff format, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.

It’s believed that the votes will be collected before the weekend, but McKenzie notes that it could be a matter of days before the NHL and NHLPA officially announce the framework they hope to move forward with in order to conclude the 2019-20 season.

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports that the NHL still has to complete its “process” upon receiving the 31 ballots from the team representatives.

McKenzie reports that the discussions held Thursday night were “spirited if not raucous,” and that the heated talks will not produce a unanimous vote from the players.