Finally the NHL left the lockout, and it’s ready to get back in business as the NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association finally manage to get into a scenario both could agree on.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Bettman said, “but it’s good to be at this point.”
“I am happy a deal has been reached and excited to get back to playing hockey,” Penguins star Sidney Crosby said in an email.
The salary cap is $60 million, but teams can spend up to $70.2 million in the transition period. Also, the 2013-14 salary cap, a particularly discordant issue will be $64.3 million. The calendar is yet to be decided with the league agreeing to a 48 or 50 games schedule. If a 50-game season would start Jan. 15 while a 48-game season would start Jan. 19.
“The negotiated agreement represents the successful culmination of a long and difficult road in which the parties ultimately were able to reach mutually acceptable solutions to a wide variety of contentious subjects of bargaining,” said George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
“You knew you were in that position, and I think as a union we got the best deal we could possibly get, and you’re happy,” said Veteran forward Shane Doan. “You’re just excited to play hockey again and do what you really enjoy and have a passion for.”
When it becomes official, the league will play a truncated season similar to 1994-95, when a lockout resulted in a 48-game schedule.