Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hockey is back, NHL and the players tentatively agree

Yay hockey is back as both sides have tentatively agreed to a new CBA. Rumors are that the season may start next week.

The deal was struck after both sides some final moves off their previous stances. The owners moved on the maximum length of contracts and the 2013-14 salary cap, while the players moved from their stance on the length of the CBA to meet the owners.

According to TSN, the details of the new CBA include a 10 year length with an opt-out clause that begins after eight years, contracts no longer than seven years (or eight for a team signing its own player) and a $64.3 million salary cap for the 2013-14 season. Also included in the new CBA is a revamped draft lottery, as all non-playoff teams have at least a chance at the first overall pick. Previously, the most teams could move up was four spots.

TSN reports that the league has both 48-game and 50-game schedules drawn up that will be played depending on when the new CBA is finalized.
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Bruins President Cam Neely made a statement about the lockout ending too.
"We are all very excited that the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement, and we look forward to dropping the puck and playing Bruins Hockey in front of our fans at the TD Garden soon." - Cam Neely, Bruins President
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