Players and Owners reach an agreement (MOD: circa 5am ET 1/6/13)
The next stage is documentation and ratification of the deal with the start date and number of games in the 2012-13 season still to be announced depending on how long the final process takes.
Depending on when a new CBA is reached, the league - according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun - has 50-game and 48-game schedules drawn up. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said a regular season schedule of at least 48 games must begin by Jan. 19. The existing 2012-13 NHL schedule was already canceled through Jan. 14.
The tentative agreement includes a 10-year CBA with a mutual opt-out clause after 8 years, contract term limits at seven years (eight years for a team to re-sign its own players) and a 2013-14 salary cap of $64.3 million, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Once my buddies in Russia and Sweden have a moment I will try to get info from them.
I know i would get flamed when I said there was stuff going on in Europe late last night. What I have gethered is that the players who talked to the NHLPA at about 03:00 Moscow time where told to carry as per what they were doing. At the same time in Sweden, some of the Swedish teams were getting into gear to get replacement players for the players they expected to lost by next weekend games