NHL Lockout Ends: Live Updates on Latest Details from Tentative CBA Deal

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NHL Lockout Ends: Live Updates on Latest Details from Tentative CBA Deal
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Well, it's over.

The day hockey universe has waited four months for has, at last, arrived.

No more empty rinks. No more messy mediation sessions and cringe-worthy press conferences. No more Gary Bettman—at least, for the most part.

And yes, more hockey.

The disgust and depression has faded—albeit perhaps briefly—into a morning of elation and excitement, of anticipation for a coming 48- or 50-game season (that's still a great many hours of hockey) and of appreciation for the miracle that mediator Scot Beckenbaugh pulled off over the last few days.

But today has brought more than the mere end of the lockout—it's also led to a new collective bargaining agreement, which may well dictate the entire future of the NHL for the coming decade.

There are a lot of changes to take in, from revised salary-cap rules to an expanded draft lottery to the potential conference-to-conference switch of Columbus and Winnipeg.

We'll have all the details below as more information on today's breaking CBA deal leaks out. 

 

Salary Cap Specifics

 

 

Pension Plan

 

CBA Ratification

 

Update on Coyotes' Purchase Situation

 

When Will Season Start?

 

 

 

Revenue Sharing

 

Draft Lottery

 

Two Buyouts per Team Next Summer

 

 

Other Details, per Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press:

— The CBA will run for 10 years through 2021-22, with an option to terminate the deal after eight years.

— Seven-year limit on free-agent contracts (eight-year limit when a team signs its own player to an extension).

— A maximum salary variance of 35 per cent from year to year, with no more than a 50 per cent total difference between any two seasons in the contract.

— Teams can only walk away from a player in salary arbitration who is awarded at least $3.5 million.

— Unrestricted free agency continues to open on July 1.

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