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HEY HEY HOCKEY’S BACK! NHL/NHLPA reach tentative agreement, Wings could start season in two weeks

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Hockeytown looks to be open for business once again as late night negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA ended with an early Sunday morning agreement on a 10-year CBA ending the 113 day lockout.

The deal between the two sides still needs to be ratified by the NHL’s board of governors and the players however the framework seems to point to that 10-year agreement (with an opt out after year 8), seven year player contract limits and a salary cap of $64.3 million annually.

DEAL REACHED: The NHL and NHLPA reach tentative CBA agreement to end lockout

“Hopefully we’re at a place where ratification can get done quickly and get back to business as usual,” NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said.

According to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com, Red Wings training camp could begin later this week along with the rest of the 29 teams with a tentative start to the regular season beginning as early as January 15th or on January 19th as original rumors seemed to point to. It was speculated that teams would play a 48 games schedule with 28 inter-division games and 20 games (home and away) against the rest of the teams within the conference. So Wings fans get ready for a lot of Nashville, Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis during the regular season (which is certainly better than nothing).

All Wings players in Europe should also be making their way back to Detroit as well. Currently Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula, Drew Miller, Jan Mursak and Jakub Kindl are all overseas while guys like Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Tomas Tatar have been with the Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.

Stay tuned for more as it becomes available.

h/t: Mlive.com

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