Finally, after being locked out for 113 days, Don Fehr and Gary Bettman were able to reach a new CBA agreement just in time to salvage an NHL season. This agreement could not have been reached if it weren’t for the heroism of United States Federal Mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh.
The beginning of the 2013 season could not have come at a better time for the Devils. The team will be well rested and ready to sprint for the Atlantic Division Championship.
A regular NHL offseason is about six months for a team that does not make the playoffs. Being that the Devils reached the Stanley Cup last season, they would have had a four-month break, had the season started on time. Since the league was locked out, the Devils’ offseason will last for about seven months, which is the perfect amount of time to be rested without being away from the game for too long.
Peter DeBoer and the new Devils coaching staff will be hard at work preparing the team for the start of the 2013 season, and this is what the their line combinations may look like.