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07-10-2005, 03:00 PM
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Recent papers are suggesting that it could take a week to 10 days after a deal is agreed in principle until the NHLPA and the player meet and have and complete the voting process to ratifiy the new CBA .. Until the majority vote is complete and the answer is YES to accept no deal is done .

So I would guess you need to add 10 days mimimum to be safe from the time of acceptance in principle which might come next week.

Once a tentative deal is announced, both sides still need to ratify the deal. A board of governors' meeting will be called where all 30 owners will need to approve the deal. A vote of the 700-plus NHLPA membership will also be needed. All of which may take more than a week before the deal is officially ratified.
Ratification of this agreement is by no means a slam-dunk and is believed seven-10 days will be required to complete the process, which would zero in on mid-month as the beginning of a mammoth re-launch.

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