In my opinion, there is already a deal in principle or its very close. The NHL will not annouce a deal in principle. The Ratification will happen allot faster than the Media Projection of 7 - 10 days. The Owners will Ratifiy it on Mon / Tues and the players will ratify it in the similiar timeframe.
I believe an annoucement will happen on July 13th, but the annoucement will be a finished /Ratified deal.