NHL insider Chris Johnston reports: that no NHL players are expected to opt out of the 2021-22 season before Friday night’s midnight ET deadline. This is the second consecutive regular season in which opt-out is an option for players.
Players had to notify their team in writing before the deadline to withdraw from the season. If a player had decided to opt out, the rules, carried over from last season, are as follows: per NHL documents:
Upon the provision of such notice, the player shall have no further obligation to participate during the 2021-22 season, the Club shall have no further obligations to pay such player’s salary and bonuses for the 2021-22 season, and the player’s SPC will be considered paid for the duration of that Season and all provisions of the SPC will continue to apply at the start of the 2022-23 Season.
Casey Nelson of the Sabers was the only player to opt out of the 2020-21 season and then retire from hockey.
This option, without the contract terms, was given to players prior to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and Return to Play. Multiple players took advantage of this opportunity, including Travis Hamonic, Mike Green, and Roman Polak.