The NHL and its Players Association have reached a tentative ten year deal.
Finally! The last major stumbling block was the salary cap in the second season of the deal and the NHL agreed to move it to $64.3 million to satisfy the players association. "We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed to reporters early Sunday morning. "I want to thank Don Fehr. We still have more work to do, but it's good to be at this point." The players must ratify the deal but that should be a formality. The season should start by January 19 but could begin as early as the 15th.