Do you believe in miracles? Yes, the famous Al Michaels call when Team USA beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympic games implies here, because hockey fans have just received a miracle.
The NHL and NHLPA announced today that the framework of a new CBA has been agreed upon. The two sides reportedly agreed on the framework at 4:40 am, but no information has been released regarding scheduling or how many games will be played.
"Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL.com. "We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well. We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting. It's early in the morning and we have been at this all day and all night, obviously. But, we will be back to you very shortly, hopefully, later today with more information in that regard."
Once the deal is put on paper and formally approved by both parties, the NHL can begin to plan its shortened season, which is believed to begin around Jan. 19 to give teams a chance to hold a short training camp.
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