The NHL is hoping to re-open training facilities in late May following the coronavirus outbreak, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc globally, bringing sport to a standstill – the NHL season was suspended on March 12.
There were 189 regular-season games remaining when the league came to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 228,200 people around the world.
The NHL hopes players can return to local team training facilities next month after Daly told ESPN on Wednesday: "We are not targeting a specific date at this point in time.
"We are hoping for some point in the latter half of May. Remains to be seen."
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman previously revealed the league is considering playing in as many as four arenas to kick-start the season.
In the plan, each site would host three games each per day without fans in attendance.
Eastern Conference leaders the Boston Bruins topped the NHL standings with 100 points at the time of the postponement, six clear of reigning Stanley Cup champions and Western Conference pacesetters the St Louis Blues.