Posted January 6, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

NHL Lock-Out Over!

“Hopefully within a very few days the fans can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us,” Fehr said.

“I want to thank Don Fehr,” Bettman said. “We went through a tough period, but it’s good to be at this point.”

“We’ve got to dot a lot of Is and cross a lot of Ts,” Bettman said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the basic details of the agreement have been agreed upon.”

The collective bargaining agreement must be ratified by a majority of the league’s 30 owners and the union’s membership of approximately 740 players.

“It was a battle,” said Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey, a key member of the union’s bargaining team. “Gary said a month ago it was a tough negotiation. That’s what it was.

“Players obviously would rather not have been here, but our focus now is to give the fans whatever it is — 48 games, 50 games — the most exciting season we can. The mood has been nervous for a while. You want to be playing. You want to be done with this.” – nypost

After a strenuous 113-day lock-out and the season on the line, the NHL and the NHLPA reached a tentative agreement earlier today! NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr stood side by side for the first time after fierce battling back and forth! The two sides spent 16 hours in the wheel house (midtown Hotel Sifatel), from Saturday afternoon until Sunday early morning, to come up with a reasonable 10-year CBA agreement! After the final details are dotted, the NHL will finally return to action, and begin a 48-50 game season! Read some comments above!