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With the players and owners agreeing to end the lockout, when will we see players (and rivalries like the Habs and Bruins) back on the ice? (File/Associated Press) With the players and owners agreeing to end the lockout, when will we see players (and rivalries like the Habs and Bruins) back on the ice? (File/Associated Press)

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When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr jointly announced "the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement" just after 6 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, the big question swiftly became when will the players be back on the ice?
The NHL season has been salvaged. Now what?

The busiest people, before this deal can be ratified by the players and approved by the owners over the next few days, will be the lawyers for the NHLPA and NHL in drawing up the language of the new collective agreement.

The schedule maker also won't get much sleep.

When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr jointly announced "the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement" just after 6 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, the big question swiftly became when will the players be back on the ice?

The exact answer and details still have to be worked out. But it appears there are two possible opening nights for the NHL season at this point.The earliest would be a 50-game schedule beginning on Jan. 15. The latest would be a 48-game docket up-and-running on Jan. 19.

That means the earliest training camps could start would be on Wednesday. The latest would be on Saturday.

The 30 NHL general managers will be overwhelmed signing free agents to round out their rosters in the next week. Player agents will be engaged in a hectic stretch trying to find homes for their unrestricted free agents.

Here is a comprehensive list of each team's free agents.

Anaheim Ducks

Group 2 FAs: Luca Caputi, Mathieu Carle, Kyle Cumiskey. 

Group 3 UFAs: Mark Bell, Jason Blake, Troy Bodie, Dan Ellis, Niklas Hagman, Petri Kontiola, Rod Pelley.

Group 6 UFAs: Ryan O'Marra, Sean Zimmerman.

UFAs: Dale Mitchell, Richard Schofield, Iiro Tarkki.

Boston Bruins

Group 2 FAs: None.

Group 3 UFAs: Josh Hennessy, Zach McKelvie, Mike Mottau, Michel Ouellet, Brian Rolston, Marty Turco.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Jamie Arniel, Stefan Chaput, Adam Courchaine.

Buffalo Sabres

Group 2 FAs: Dennis Persson, Paul Szczechura.

Group 3 UFAs: Jochen Hecht, Ales Kotalik, Drew MacIntyre, Shaone Morrisonn, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Derek Whitmore.

Group 6 UFAs: Travis Turnbull.

UFAs: None.

Calgary Flames

Group 3 UFAs: Raitis Ivanans, Tom Kostopoulos, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond.

Group 6 UFAs: Stefan Meyer.

UFAs: Ryley Grantham, Logan MacMillan.

Carolina Hurricanes

Group 2 FAs: Evgeni Dadonov, Mike Murphy.

Group 3 UFAs: Chris Durno, Mathieu Roy, Jaroslav Spacek.

Group 6 UFAs: Justin Soryal.

UFAs: Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll, Kyle Lawson, Matthew Pistilli.

Chicago Blackhawks

Group 2 FAs: None.

Group 3 UFAs: Andrew Brunette, Cristobal Huet, Sami Lepisto, Brendan Morrison, Sean O'Donnell.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Simon Danis-Pepin, Christopher DiDomenico.

Colorado Avalanche

Group 2 FAs: Jonas Holos, Ryan O'Reilly.

Group 3 UFAs: David Liffiton, Joakim Lindstrom, Greg Mauldin, Danny Richmond, Patrick Rissmiller.

Group 6 UFAs: Evan Brophey, Justin Mercier.

UFAs: Trevor Cann, Zach Cohen, Jake Newton.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Group 2 FAs: Maksim Mayorov.

Group 3 UFAs: Darryl Boyce, Alexandre Giroux, Kristian Huselius, Brett Lebda, Radek Martinek, Curtis Sanford.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Taylor Ellington, Shawn Hunwick, Brent Regner.

Dallas Stars

Group 2 FAs: Jamie Benn.

Group 3 UFAs: Radek Dvorak, Brad Lukowich, Vojtech Polak, Andrew Raycroft, Raymond Sawada, Dan Spang.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Angelo Esposito, Jake Hauswirth, Michael Neal, Mikhail Stefanovich.

Detroit Red Wings

Group 2 FAs: None.

Group 3 UFAs: Fabian Brunnstrom, Ty Conklin, Tomas Holmstrom, Doug Janik, Jamie Johnson, Chris Minard.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Travis Ehrhardt, Logan Pyett.

Edmonton Oilers

Group 2 FAs: Linus Omark.

Group 3 UFAs: Josh Green, Ryan Keller, Bryan Rodney.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Cam Barker, Milan Kytnar, Johan Motin, Hunter Tremblay.

Florida Panthers

Group 2 FAs: Roman Derlyuk, Dmitry Kulikov, Michal Repik, Eric Selleck.

Group 3 UFAs: Mark Cullen, John Madden, Greg Rallo, Marco Sturm, Sean Sullivan, Bill Thomas.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Justin Bernhardt, Ondrej Roman, Keith Seabrook.

Los Angeles Kings

Group 2 FAs: Justin Azevedo.

Group 3 UFAs: Corey Elkins, Johan Fransson, Trent Hunter, Ethan Moreau, Brady Murray, Scott Parse.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Ray Kaunisto.

Minnesota Wild

Group 2 FAs: Cody Almond, Dennis Endras, David McIntyre, Carson McMillan, Jarod Palmer, Nick Palmieri.

Group 3 UFAs: Erik Christensen, Jon DiSalvatore, Kurtis Foster, Mike Lundin, Jed Ortmeyer, Jeff Taffe.

Group 6 UFAs: Jeff Penner.

UFAs: Kris Fredheim.

Montreal Canadiens

Group 2 FAs: Andreas Engqvist, P.K. Subban.

Group 3 UFAs: Joe Callahan, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Alex Henry, Brad Staubitz, Brian Willsie.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Hunter Bishop, Andrew Conboy, Olivier Fortier, Dany Masse, Mark Mitera, Robert Slaney.

Nashville Predators

Group 2 FAs: Atte Engren, Teemu Laakso, Alexander Radulov, Ryan Thang.

Group 3 UFAs: Sebastien Caron, Andrei Kostitsyn, Antti Pihlstrom.

Group 6 UFAs: Ryan Flynn, Zack Stortini.

UFAs: Brodie Dupont.

New Jersey Devils

Group 2 FAs: Vladimir Zharkov.

Group 3 UFAs: Jay Leach, Brad Mills, Tim Sestito, Petr Sykora, Petr Vrana.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Kory Nagy, Timo Pielmeier.

New York Islanders

Group 2 FAs: Sean Backman, Justin DiBenedetto, Mark Katic, Mikko Koskinen, Tomas Marcinko, Rhett Rakhshani.

Group 3 UFAs: Jeremy Colliton, Mark Eaton, Trevor Frischmon, Trevor Gillies, John Grahame, Milan Jurcina, Jay Pandolfo, Steve Staios.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Yuri Alexandrov, Tyler McNeely, Yannick Riendeau, Tony Romano.

New York Rangers

Group 2 FAs: Michael Del Zotto, Cameron Talbot, Pavel Valentenko, Casey Wellman, Mats Zuccarello.

Group 3 UFAs: Sean Avery, Ivan Baranka, Brendan Bell, Andre Deveaux, Ilkka Heikkinen.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Lee Baldwin, Francois Bouchard, Chris Chappell, Sam Klassen, Andreas Thuresson.

Ottawa Senators

Group 2 FAs: Nikita Filatov.

Group 3 UFAs: Alex Auld, Tim Conboy, Matt Gilroy, Mattias Karlsson, Francis Lessard, Corey Locke, Mark Parrish, Jesse Winchester.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Craig Schira.

Philadelphia Flyers

Group 2 FAs: Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito, Harry Zolnierczyk.

Group 3 UFAs: Jason Bacashihua, Johan Backlund, Blair Betts, Dan Jancevski, Pavel Kubina, Ian Laperriere, Stefan Ruzicka.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Andrew Rowe.

Phoenix Coyotes

Group 2 FAs: Brett MacLean, Viktor Tikhonov.

Group 3 UFAs: Dean Arsene, Matt Beaudoin, Daymond Langkow, Patrick O'Sullivan, Nathan Oystrick, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Kurt Sauer.

Group 6 UFAs: Justin Pogge, Brock Trotter, Matt Watkins.

UFAs: Gilbert Brule, Colin Long, Nick Ross.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Group 2 FAs: Carl Sneep.

Group 3 UFAs: Ryan Craig, Brent Johnson, Colin McDonald, Scott Munroe, Richard Park, Jason Williams.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Marc Cheverie, Mattias Modig, Cal O'Reilly, Alexandre Picard, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Boris Valabik.

St. Louis Blues

Group 2 FAs: Jay Barriball, Jori Lehtera.

Group 3 UFAs: Jason Arnott, Jonathan Cheechoo, Brennan Evans, Jonathan Filewich, Kyle Hagel, Kent Huskins, Brett Sterling.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: None.

San Jose Sharks

Group 2 FAs: Tim Kennedy, Nick Petrecki, James Sheppard.

Group 3 UFAs: Ben Guite, Dominic Moore, Antero Niittymaki, Jim Vandermeer, Colin White, Brad Winchester.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Tony Lucia, Cameron MacIntyre, James Marcou, Tyson Sexsmith.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Group 2 FAs: Jaroslav Janus, Evan Oberg.

Group 3 UFAs: Brett Clark, Mike Commodore, Richard Petiot, Paul Ranger, Dwayne Roloson, Ryan Shannon.

Group 6 UFAs: Scott Jackson, Jon Kalinski, Alexandre Picard.

UFAs: Sebastien Piche.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Group 2 FAs: Cody Franson, Korbinian Holzer, Juraj Mikus, Marcel Mueller.

Group 3 UFAs: Jeff Finger, Mike Zigomanis.

Group 6 UFAs: Matt Lashoff, Jay Rosehill.

UFAs: Richard Greenop.

Vancouver Canucks

Group 2 FAs: None.

Group 3 UFAs: Byron Bitz, Matt Climie, Samuel Pahlsson, Steven Reinprecht, Eric Walsky.

Group 6 UFAs: None.

UFAs: Mike Duco, Victor Oreskovich, Ryan Parent.

Washington Capitals

Group 2 FAs: None.

Group 3 UFAs: Sean Collins, Kyle Greentree, D.J. King, Mike Knuble, Jacob Micflikier, Zach Miskovic.

Group 6 UFAs: Jordan Henry.

UFAs: None.

Winnipeg Jets

Group 2 FAs: Brett Festerling, Arturs Kulda.

Group 3 UFAs: Mark Flood, Jason Jaffray, Randy Jones, Peter Mannino, Tim Stapleton.

Group 6 UFAs: Kenndal McArdle.

UFAs: Eric Fehr, Michael Forney, John Negrin, Fredrik Pettersson. 

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