NHL Lockout: Twitter Explodes with Reported Return of Hockey

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NHL Lockout: Twitter Explodes with Reported Return of Hockey

The NHL lockout has reportedly ended after countless meetings and deliberations. The league and the players' association have reached "a tentative deal on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement," according to NHL.com's Shawn P. Roarke

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the following to reporters early Sunday (via NHL.com):

"We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon."

Although there are a plethora of elements involved with the new CBA, the most important one for fans is that it would be a 10-year deal with an opt-out clause that would take effect after eight years. The bottom line: There shouldn't be another lockout anytime soon. 

With that news, hockey-deprived fans across North America took to Twitter to express their joy, frustration and everything in between. 

Yahoo! Sports NHL writer Nick Cotsonika reported that there's some work left to do, but that fans should anticipate hockey sometime this January:

Chris Johnston, a hockey writer for the Canadian Press, tweeted about the lengthy meeting between both sides over the weekend. It can best be compared to the NBA's lockout-ending session in November 2011:

ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols asks a question we already know the answer to:

Shockingly, in the middle of Wild Card Weekend, former NFL quarterback and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason was tweeting about the reported return of hockey:

Like Nichols, many sports fans, including Matty Pittman, are full of excitement with football seasons coming to a dramatic close and hockey reportedly just beginning:

Other hockey lovers, like Jay on Twitter, were just plain thrilled:

But not everyone is impressed by the news. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd pointed out the lack of significant changes to the reported deal in his view:

Even hockey writer Adam Proteau was a bit skeptical of the reported agreement between the players and owners: 

With people often forgetting that the owners, players and fans aren't the only ones hurt by a work stoppage, Elliotte Friedman points out the overlooked victims of the NHL lockout:

Twitter's explosion was capped off superbly by Nick Cotsonika:

After several months and too many missed games, the NHL is reportedly set to make its long-awaited return. Although reactions have varied across the board, there seems to be one prevailing emotion: excitement.

The owners can breathe a sigh of relief and fade away, while the players can suit up in preparation for what's sure to be a wild, shortened 2013 season. 

Regardless of how many games the NHL brings us, though, hockey is back.

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