NHL fans rejoice. The lockout is officially over.
Bob McKenzie of TSN wrote on Twitter a succinct overview of the situation:
NHL Lockout: Sept. 15, 2012 - Jan. 12, 2013. Now over. Officially. MOU signed by NHL and NHLPA.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013
The NHL Players' Association released a statement. It started:
The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association today signed a Memorandum of Understanding reflecting the terms of a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. Team training camps will open on Sunday, and a 720-game regular-season schedule (48 games per team) will begin on Saturday, January 19.
The league has officially released the 48-game schedule. Here is the full slate for when the puck drops on January 19.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote on Twitter how the lockout would affect transaction deadlines:
For this season only - trade deadline will be April 3 while free agency opens July 5— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 13, 2013
During the lockout, some free agents were frozen out. McKenzie wrote on Twitter around midnight that teams are free to negotiate with free agents and pursue other roster moves:
Trades and signings are now legally permitted in the NHL.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013
Read on to see the latest regarding free agency, trades and other possible roster moves now that the lockout is over.