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NHL lockout ends as NHL and NHLPA tentatively agree on deal

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06:13 AM ET 01.06 | It's over folks, it's finally over. The NHL and the players union have finally reached a tentative agreement that will end the 113 day lockout and return hockey to the masses. A deal was struck in the early hours on Sunday morning, meaning the start of the 2012-13 hockey season is right around the corner. Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman was the first to break the story of the agreement. According to Friedman, the immediate details of the new deal have not yet been made available, but some details have been leaked. Friedman states that the deal is structured much like the new CBA's for the NFL and NBA where it's a 10-year contract with an opt-out clause after year eight. The salary cap has also been raised by roughly $3 million, from $60 million to now $63.4 million. The biggest detail of all has been confirmed: hockey is back.

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Gary Bettman, AP Photo/Marry Altaffer Gary Bettman, AP Photo/Marry Altaffer
January 6, 2013  07:38 AM ET

Someone might want to tell the SI front page editors...they apparently haven't gotten the news.

January 6, 2013  09:15 AM ET

hooray...except now there's that self-imposed nhl ban still standing in the way.

January 6, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Finally, our long International nightmare is finally over, we don't have to look at Fehr for another 8-10 years now.

January 6, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Also, whomever this moderator is, send him to the Middle East because if he could get Bettman and Fehr to agree on something, peace in the Middle East will be a cakewalk for him.

January 6, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Finally, our long International nightmare is finally over, we don't have to look at Fehr for another 8-10 years now.

Any deal that leaves the Butt-plug in place I consider a failure.

January 6, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

we don't have to look at Fehr for another 8-10 years now.

Yep...now if we could do the same with Buttmunch, the circle will be complete.

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January 6, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any deal that leaves the Butt-plug in place I consider a failure.

Absolutely...and Jeremy Jacobs shouldn't hold his breath waiting for me to put any more money in his pocket either. I've gone to my last B's game as long as he owns the team.

January 6, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Unfortunately, the owners don't share our sentiments when it comes to Buuuuttttman.

I'd love to see an honest poll of all the owners. I bet there are more than a few that do share our opinion.

January 6, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any deal that leaves the Butt-plug in place I consider a failure.

+1000, I'll be back when he's gone.

January 6, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Any deal that leaves the Butt-plug in place I consider a failure.

wholehearted agreement here Stranger....he's a blight on the game

January 6, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Hockey has become the 'red-headed step child' of pro sports.. and after saying that.. alot of sports will agree with me when I say.. ''WHO CARES??"

January 6, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Silly predictions sure to go wrong about the B's.

1. Chris Bourque starts on the 3rd line and scores between 10-15 goals on a line with Peverly and Kelly.
2. Tuukka Rask leads the league in GAA.
3. Seguin scores 30 goals in the shortened season.
4. B's finish 2nd overall in the conference, but make it to at least the Conference Finals.
5. Bergeron signs 4 year extension before puck drops.

January 6, 2013  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Hockey has become the 'red-headed step child' of pro sports.. and after saying that.. alot of sports will agree with me when I say.. ''WHO CARES??"

Clearly you do. And you've just invited us all to your threads.

Enjoy!

January 6, 2013  09:40 AM ET

About time now those season tickets I bought for my daughter and my son in law can use them. GO WINGS!

January 6, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Oh, and Dougie Hamilton wins Calder.

January 6, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Ousting the guy who's presided over so much labour unrest in his tenure would make me more interested in watching hockey again.

January 6, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Silly predictions sure to go wrong about the B's.1. Chris Bourque starts on the 3rd line and scores between 10-15 goals on a line with Peverly and Kelly.2. Tuukka Rask leads the league in GAA.3. Seguin scores 30 goals in the shortened season.4. B's finish 2nd overall in the conference, but make it to at least the Conference Finals.5. Bergeron signs 4 year extension before puck drops.

If I had to pick 3 from that list to actually happen, I'd go with # 2,4 & 5.

 
January 6, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Silly predictions sure to go wrong about the B's.1. Chris Bourque starts on the 3rd line and scores between 10-15 goals on a line with Peverly and Kelly.2. Tuukka Rask leads the league in GAA.3. Seguin scores 30 goals in the shortened season.4. B's finish 2nd overall in the conference, but make it to at least the Conference Finals.5. Bergeron signs 4 year extension before puck drops.

6. Jacobs and Bettman get married, will co-manage the B's
7. Cups of beer: $26.50 (Colt 45)

Game on!

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