Even though the latest NHL lockout required 113 days to solve, several players will not be ready to join their teammates when training camps open. Some players have not completely healed from lingering ailments from last year and some suffered injuries playing in Europe.
Which teams benefited from a compressed schedule in 1995, the last time the NHL played a 48-game season? Who might it help this time around? What else can we learn from the last lockout-shortened campaign?
We asked fans what they want as compensation for the NHL lockout, and while there was no clear answer, we received some interesting suggestions and what it will take for some fans to forgive and forget.
Companies that rely on the NHL to attract customers are anxiously awaiting the start of a condensed hockey season following a months-long lockout, but some wonder if fans will return in the same numbers.
Early Sunday morning — day 113 of the lockout — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed in New York that the league and its players have reached a tentative agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement that will finally spark the beginning of the regular season.
The NHL and the NHL Players' Association reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement early Sunday. While the deal still needs to be ratified, here are some of the main highlights, based on information from sources.
Even after the tentative end to the NHL lockout, there are still plenty of questions swirling around issues like amnesty buyouts, players participating in the Olympics, and how teams will cope with the short season.
Coming out of a 113-day lockout, you may be a bit rusty on the whereabouts of some players around the NHL, or how your favourite team retooled over the off-season. Catch up with our team-by-team guide.
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?
A simple "Thank You Fans" decal on the ice won't cut it this time. The NHL and its players must make a meaningful post-lockout effort to repair their relationship with the people that make their league possible, writes labour expert Dan Oldfield.
The future of goaltender Roberto Luongo is one of a number of pressing issues facing the Vancouver Canucks now that the NHL and the players' association have to come to a tentative agreement to end the lockout.
Last season, hockey fans in Winnipeg were just happy to have their beloved Jets back home. But after an extended off-season thanks to the NHL lockout, expectations will be higher for the Jets as fans are expecting a tweaked roster to challenge for a post-season berth.
From the top down, the Edmonton Oilers are ready to get going. President Patrick LaForge was looking forward to welcoming back employees who had been lent out during the four-months of no hockey and to see the stands of Rexall Place again filled with fans.
It might be coming later than he wanted, but Bob Hartley is a lot closer to finally getting behind the Calgary Flames' bench. Hartley was hired on May 31, but has yet to get the chance to work with his new team due to the lengthy labour strife between the NHL and its players.
With the end to the lockout pending, there will only be time for a brief training camp before a compressed schedule of 48 or 50 games. The next few weeks will quickly show whether the players are ready for a shortened season.
Drop the puck! That's the sentiment among NHL players following the long-awaited news that the NHL and NHLPA have tentatively agreed on a new CBA. Just moments after the news broke, NHL players in North America and overseas flocked to Twitter to comment on the return of their game.
It's over. That's what hockey fans have been waiting to hear for 113 days. It wasn't the way fans wanted it to be though - with over 500 games lost - but the NHL and NHLPA finally came to tentative terms on a new labour deal. Here's how fans across the globe reacted to the news on Twitter.
Some of the nearly 200 players who spent the lockout with European clubs had already started trickling back in recent days. That will become a flood after that the league and NHL Players' Association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday morning.