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01-07-2013, 07:55 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik issued the following statement pending the ratification of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

“On behalf of the entire Lightning organization I would like to express our excitement to get back on the ice and, more importantly, welcome the fans back to the Tampa Bay Times Forum for our landmark 20th NHL season,” Vinik said. “We are glad to be back and would like to thank all our fans for their unwavering patience during what has admittedly been a long and difficult few months. With a world-class arena, and an improved team on the ice we are looking forward to what should be an exciting season as our team battles for a coveted position in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

Renaud Lavoie ‏@RenLavoieRDS
Penguins ownership:"We offer our apology. There is nothing we can say to explain or excuse what has happened over the past four months."

Brian Lawton ‏@brianlawton9
Playoff money has been increased as part of this new agreement. Something players have felt was long overdue.

Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie
NHL player now back from RUS says KHL teams putting major pressure and huge money on table to keep NHLers from returning to North America.

Also, James Mirtle has tweeted two interesting facts about the new CBA:

Can 100% confirm the new CBA will include the cap benefit recapture formula. It will apply to existing deals "in excess of six years"
James Mirtle ‏@mirtle
Teams will be able to retain salary/cap hit in a trade. This will be a very complex and carefully worded portion of new CBA I'm sure.

Keeping salary in trades: Teams can have up to three contracts at one time that they are retaining the salary of.

The max teams can keep is 15% of the salary cap. Only 50% of a deal can be kept. A contract can have salary retained in a trade only twice.

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