I said a few months ago I would not partake in reporting any rumors regarding the NHL lockouts and have kept a “wake me up when it’s over” attitude for its entirety.
Finally, it’s time to get up.
I woke up this morning to find the NHLPA and NHL had reached agreement on the framework of a new deal at around 5:00am Sunday morning after a marathon 15 hour bargaining session between the sides.
How many games the league will play and exactly when the season starts has not been announced by the league yet. That’s should change before today is over.
Reports (specifically Yahoo Sports) say the deal was reached for 10 years, with an out clause after eight. Contract lengths will be limited to seven years, or eight if a team re-signs its own player. The salary cap in Year two will be $64.3 million, the same as it was last season.
Essentially, hockey fans better buckle their seat belts because information, along with the start of training camp and the season is about to come fast and furious. Personally, I’m still disgusted at both sides for stabbing fans in the back for this long but like most of you, will soon get over it. I’m looking forward to finally being able to write about hockey again.
We’ll have a lot more on the NHL throughout this Sunday.