NHL Schedule 2013: Latest Updates on Revised Season Following Lockout

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2013

The long international nightmare that is the NHL lockout has reportedly reached an end, leaving the league to figure out what to do with its schedule.  


UPDATE: Saturday, January 12 at 11:05 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

TSN's Bob McKenzie announced Saturday night that the memorandum of understanding had been signed and that hockey will be played this season:

NHL Lockout: Sept. 15, 2012 - Jan. 12, 2013. Now over. Officially. MOU signed by NHL and NHLPA.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013

With that news came feverish excitement from hockey fans worldwide. The lockout is over, and the NHL answered all the buzz surrounding its shortened schedule not long after that.

For a complete look at that schedule, check out NHL.com.

It was a long road, but hockey is here at last. 


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UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 11:48 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

More news is starting to emerge about the proposed NHL schedule.

According to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, teams will only play divisional opponents four times, down from the proposed schedule that included playing two divisional opponents five times.

Here's the scoop:

NHL has changed sked format again. Teams will only play teams in same div. 4x. More details coming.

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 11, 2013

We'll continue to monitor the schedule changes, as it appears the NHL was dissatisfied with a format of 18 divisional games out of 48. Stay tuned.

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UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:12 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

There's no turning back now—we're going to get our fix of hockey this season.

According to retired NHL player and current TSN commentator Aaron Ward, teams received their final schedules today and will now start preparing for the 48-game, shortened campaign.

NHL teams have received their final 2013 Schedule earlier this morning. #TSN

— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) January 11, 2013

That's great news for fans, as is Ward's next tweet about the ratification vote, which the NHLPA is expected to release soon so teams can move on towards their season goals.

NHLPA expected to release results of ratification vote soon after the 8 AM deadline,allowing teams to move forward on season plans #TSN

— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) January 11, 2013

After all the turmoil of the negotiations last fall and this winter, it's nice to finally have something to be excited about with the NHL. If the vote goes smoothly and the new CBA is upheld, it will be time to drop the puck!

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 10 at 3:35 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

As expected the NHL will release its schedule as soon as the new CBA is ratified, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer

#NHL official just told me they will release schedule when CBA is ratified. Expected to happen Sat. #Flyers

— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 10, 2013

Fans have been waiting patiently for this moment since it was announced on Sunday that the owners and players had finally reached a deal to end the lockout. 

We are slowly moving closer to the ratification of the new CBA, which will lead to actual talk of hockey and not all the paperwork involved with these negotiations. 



UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

More details about the build-up to the long-awaited NHL season have been released. 

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo reported the following on when the players will start gearing up for the year:

From an #nhl owners' perspective, new CBA has been ratified. Players should be complete Saturday. Camp opens Sunday. 6-day camp

— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) January 9, 2013

With just a few more formalities to get out of the way, the players will be back on the ice soon enough. 



UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 5:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

NHL fans will have to wait a few more days until the details of this season's abbreviated schedule are released.

NorthJersey.com's Tom Gulitti reported the following statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly:

Bill Daly on NHL announcing schedule: "Not tomorrow. Sometime at the end of the week or over the weekend."

— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 8, 2013

After waiting this long for hockey to start, a few more days shouldn't be too painful. 



UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3:45 p.m. ET

Even though it hasn't been official, the NHL schedule is starting to take shape. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, there is an outline for division and conference games. 

Each team plays: 4 games vs. two Divisional opponents (8); 5 games vs. two divisional opponents (10); 3 games vs 10 Conference rivals (30).

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 8, 2013

All that we are waiting for is the NHL owners and players to ratify the new CBA in order to finalize the schedule. This certainly appears to make things feel closer than they have in a long, long time. 



UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 7:45 a.m. ET

It appears the NHL will move along with the 48-game schedule this season when the new CBA is ratified. 

According to Elliotte Friedman of CBC, the league sent a memo to teams indicating that the 48-game season will "begin Jan. 19."

NHL sends memo to clubs indicating no camps before Saturday (and may not open until Monday), 48-game season to begin Jan. 19

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 7, 2013

However, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that the season could get started sooner than that if everything goes well with the ratification of the CBA. 

NHL sent out memo to teams tonight saying Jan 19 puck drop is most probable, however if ratification process goes fast, Jan 15 still in play

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 7, 2013

While there is still much work to do, it does not sound like it will take very long for hockey to return as soon as all of the I's are dotted and T's crossed. 



According to Shawn Roarke of NHL.com, the new labor deal will be for 10 years with an opt-out clause after the eighth year. The players also got their wish for a higher salary cap than the owners were initially offering. 

There are still a few things that must be taken care of before the deal becomes official. The TSN report says it has to be documented and ratified, and then hockey will be back. 

Within that same report cited are two potential schedules the NHL could use after the labor deal becomes official:

Depending on when a new CBA is reached, the league - according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun - has 50-game and 48-game schedules drawn up. A 50-game season would start on Jan. 15 and a 48-game season would start on Jan. 19. 

How long it takes to draw up and ratify the documents will likely determine what the NHL decides to do.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the league is hoping to have the schedule out later this week to start selling and marketing games to disgruntled fans. 

The #NHL would like to have a schedule out by Thursday or Friday at the latest. Don't forget they've got a lot of work to do to sell tix.

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) January 6, 2013

Due to the lockout, the league canceled 625 regular-season games through Jan. 14. That total represents more than 50 percent of the season. Now there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, though when everything starts remains up in the air.

While it does seem fast to have games start that quickly without any preseason games, a lot of players have been staying in shape by playing overseas during the lockout.

We will keep you updated on the NHL lockout and the proposed schedule as soon as more information becomes available.



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