Scheduling issues such as how long the season will be and how the schedule will look all have to be worked on. The NHL already has models for a 48 and 50 game season
January 06, 2013- It seems as though there will be hockey this year after all. The season will be shortened but there will be hockey nonetheless within the next week to ten days. The Player’s association and the NHL reached an agreement on Sunday morning to end the close to four-month lock out that had threatened to end what was left of an already shortened season.
The final negotiating session went on for over 16 hours stretching from the afternoon on Saturday until slightly before dawn Sunday morning. The results of the marathon session were a new 10-year deal between the two sides.
Gary Bettman the NHL Commissioner said that lots of Is needed to be dotted and Ts needed to be crossed before the deal is official and all the work is completed.
Scheduling issues such as how long the season will be and how the schedule will look all have to be worked on. The NHL already has models for a 48 and 50 game season.
The estimate that came out of the meeting, but was not confirmed by the NHL, was that games could start as quickly as eight days after a final deal was actually signed. It is also believed that all of the games will be played within the two conferences, but that too has not been confirmed.
A majority of the 30 owners in the league must still ratify the collective bargaining agreement along with the 740 player union members. The players have not been able to play since September 16 when the prior collective bargaining agreement expired.
Under the new CBA, all free agent contracts will be seven years in length maximum, but eight years can be given to players who re-sign with their same team. The pension plan had been the focal point of the players and the actual new language of that plan still has not been finalized but nothing substantial remains to be fixed, said Ron Hainsey a defenseman from Winnipeg who participated in the negotiations.