Update, 8:40 a.m.:
So when the heck does the season start!!!!!
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com says if it's a 50-game season it would start Jan 15; if it's a 48-game season it would start Jan 19.
While Darren Dreger at TSN says training camps will open either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday depending on radification.
In other CBA news:
LeBrun adds this year's cap is is $60M but teams can spend up to $70.2 M. Cap floor is $44M, while next year's cap will be $64.3M.
Meanwhile Nick Kypreos reports that NHL teams can buyout two players over the next two summers only. Also option to use both buyouts at once.
...between the first two year caps and the two buyouts the Rangers should be more than ok to keep who they have. Starting in 2014-15, decisions will need to be made.
...holy crap, hockey is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A tentative agreement has been reached between NHL and NHLPA - source— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 6, 2013
Finally..... More to come as details break.
Among the details known thus far:
-10 year CBA with an opt out in Year 8.
- $64.3 million cap for 2013-14 along with 2 compliance buyouts. Not sure if it comes out of the Players' share or not.
- 7-year limit on free-agent contracts (8 years for own team players).
Hockey is back!!!!!!!!! I've never been this excited at 5 AM in my life. Ever.
I have often been excited at 5 AM, but not by hockey. This said, I am delighted that hockey is back.
Hagelin – Richards – Nash
Kreider – Stepan – Gaborik
Pyatt – Boyle – Callahan
Rupp – Halpern – Asham
Hagelin – Richards – Gaborik
Nash – Stepan – Callahan
Kreider – Boyle – Pyatt
Asham – Halpern – Rupp
@_Jack @AnnoyingJoe I like the second set. I like the idea of Nash on the left. Those are some balanced lines!!!
This was a good way to wake up. I still hate all parties involved. That being said...WAHWOWWEEWOW$;@"/?6,$!:$irhzi$839)392)iehhsjdbdjbrjdirhrhao)fFagGEJBVKSMAH?28'sbdmd!!!! (Isn't it weird that the first thing I wildly hit was a dollar sign? Ironic?)
So basically the next lockout will be in 2021?
Can't wait to hear Bettman get booed when he presents the 1/2 Stanley Cup at the end of this season.
I'm so friggin excited, which only proves what suckers we all are in that they could keep the sport we love away from us for so long and when they arbitrarily give it back all we can do is drool and tweak our nipples. well that was my reaction anyway. LGR!