NHL and NHLPA Have Tentative Deal in Place to End the Lockout

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NHL and NHLPA Have Tentative Deal in Place to End the Lockout
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It looks like there will be a season after all!

ESPN is reporting that the NHL lockout appears to finally be over.

According to Katie Strang of ESPN, a tentative agreement has been reached between the NHL and NHLPA as to a new CBA:

The tentative agreement includes a 10-year collective bargaining agreement with a mutual opt-out clause after eight years and contract term limits at seven years (eight years for a team to re-sign its own players), a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Sources said the 2013-14 salary cap, a very divisive issue, will be $64.3 million while the floor will be $44 million.

The article stressed that the agreement was tentative and that wording and verbiage has to be finalized.

But with the huge issues of the salary cap for 2013-2014 and the length of contract term limits having been resolved, I think hockey fans everywhere can, at long last, get ready for the 2012-2013 season.

It is unclear whether we will get a 50- or a 48-game season.

But it appears we can finally say, "Game on!"

I am sure we will hear more about this as the day progresses.


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