There is some optimism, cautious but optimism none the less, on the NHL’s part that the World Cup of Hockey could return in 2021.

That comes NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as talks with the Players’ Association on a new collective bargaining agreement continues. He believes that both parties are committed to the tournament in 2021 If the current CBA can be extended or renewed.

However, unlike the last one that took place prior to the NHL season, it could take place in February with the NHL taking a break during the 2020-21 season to put the event on.

The NHL has just a couple weeks left until they can trigger a 2020 end date to the current CBA which could happen on September 1. If the league does not do so, then the NHLPA will have until September 15 to do the same. If neither party exercises the termination option, then the current CBA will run through September 2022.

Either way there is lots of time to put everything together and increase the chances of having the tournament revived once again.

Both the NHL and the PA would love to put together a long-term calendar for international events, but the participation in the Olympics has been a sticking point. What both have agreed on is adding an in-season World Cup which would replace the 2021 All-Star Game and run for about a week.

Originally, the NHL wanted to have the World Cup take place this year, but they decided not to go ahead with it back in January.

The United States won the first ever World Cup in 1996, but the next two were taken by Canada in 2004 and 2016. The 2016 World Cup actually marked the last best-on-best tournament since the NHL skipped sending players to the 2018 Olympics.

What do you think, should the NHL run the World Cup, and should it replace the All-Star Game annually or maybe ever couple of seasons? Let us know in the comment section below.