NHL fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Multiple reports came out early Sunday morning that the NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement to end the 113-day lockout.
For those who have been following this all along, it has not been an easy process to go through or deal with.
Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports was one of a few messengers on the scene to crack the news:
NHL lockout is over; players, owners reach tentative CBA deal after 16-hour talks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I always knew my optimism would pay off in the end. It seems as if we all received what we deserved, and that's the greatest show on ice.
Yes, it has been a slow, doubtful and painful process. But in the end, it's great to get something in place that is favorable for both sides.
Katie Strang of ESPN New York took to Twitter to confirm a few details of the new CBA:
#CBA Can confirm following terms: 10-yr deal with opt-out after 8 yrs, 7-yr contract term limits (8 to re-sign) and '13-14 cap of $64.3 m
More details on the new CBA will hopefully come out after the sides meet again today. After a marathon of 16-hour sessions, participating parties deserve a little sleep.
Tom Gulitti, beat writer for the New Jersey Devils, posted this on Twitter:
Bettman thanked Fehr, the players and those who work with him at the NHL because they "went through a long, tough period."
Bettman said they should have more later today on schedule, when season will start, ect.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN/TSN on Twitter:
If it's a 50-game season it would start Jan 15; if it's a 48-game season it would start Jan 19
On the topic of buying out contracts, Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Twitter:
2 amnesty buy outs per team before season 2013-14. Won't count on the cap but on players share.
Some of the players responded to the framework of a new deal:
Shane Doan: "“Everyone’s obviously relieved that it’s over and done with ... and we’re able to move on to what all enjoy doing,”
Even Rachel Nichols of ESPN joined the conversation on Twitter:
Hockey, anyone? NHL & Players reach tentative agreement. 10-year deal. Let's get it signed and go, boys. http://bit.ly/Xb6xW3
Perhaps we should be most excited for the arena workers who rely on their NHL jobs to support their families. It's hard to imagine that the lockout wasn't a bit of a financial burden on them.
It's obviously great to see and amazing to hear the news that a tentative agreement has been reached.
With the NBA and NFL able to resolve their issues in 2011, this NHL season was destined to happen.
If my team doesn't win the Stanley Cup, at least I will be able to watch them lose. It is much better than not knowing what could have been.
Lace up your skates for ole' times sake people, hockey is back!