Contact Us

NHL and Players’ Association Reach Deal to End Lockout

After months of posturing, negotiating, and stubborn foot-stomping, it appears as though the NHL and its players have reached a tentative agreement to end the lockout.

Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

With daylight having yet to break in New York City on Sunday morning, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr stood together to announce that a deal had been reached between the two sides – that the lockout would soon be over.  The deal’s specific language will still need to be worked out, and both sides must officially approve it, but the biggest hurdles have been jumped.

The agreement comes after six straight days of negotiations and at the end of a marathon session which began with meetings with federal mediator, Scot Beckenbaugh, during Saturday’s mid-morning hours. Both sides came together for what proved to be the final showdown in the early afternoon on Saturday, and remained in negotiations into Sunday when a deal was reached.

Given all that has been, few NHL fans will find themselves at ease until the puck is dropped – it is worth nothing that as of now the deal is being described as “tentative” – but it appears as though training camps will open later this week with said puck drop coming to a rink near you no later than mid-January.

Follow Me On Twitter

Cover 2 Radio

*An ESPN article contributed to these writings.

Best of 104.5 The Team

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1045theteam.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Teammates quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Teammates contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.