We've heard lots of chatter over the last couple of weeks about what the NHL wants to do. 

There's still a handful of games left in the regular season and there's some tight playoff races still going on so the league can't jump right into the playoffs. 

The idea of aa 24 team playoff was floated around about a month and gained some more traction last week and now it seems it might be the best solution. 

According to NHL insider, Pierre LeBrun, a source has told him that the NHL and NHLPA have been working all weekend on a solution and the 24 team playoff format seems to be the one winning the way. 

"While there remains work to be done, and nobody involved is ready to say 100 percent where this is headed, sources confirm progress was made this weekend on a 24-team format for return to play.

I’m told the proposed 24-team format doesn’t go straight to the playoffs but involves games in some form before-hand. That would be something the players would have pushed for. Again, let me stress that both sides on the committee as of Sunday morning still had work to do on the format so it may yet change again."

LeBrun adds that the NHLPA would still need to hold a vote for approval but he reports that while some players have been against a return to play, the majority of players want to get back on the ice. 

The NHL insider also believes there should be some sort of announcement this week. 

"Either way, things are lining up for some NHL news this week."

Source: Pierre Lebrun