Annnnnd the NHL is Finally Back

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January 6, 2013 12:13 PM by Smash

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USA Today – The NHL is back and federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh will get credit for the save.

Commissioner Gary Bettman publicly thanked Beckenbaugh after he brought the NHL and NHL Players’ Association together during a 16-hour marathon bargaining session that ended just before 4 a.m. with a new 10-year collective-bargaining agreement that ends a 113-day old lockout and ensures the start of the 2012-13 season

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon,” Bettman said.

Details of the season have not yet been finalized, but there won’t be fewer than 48 games and there could be more. The season will start on Jan. 19 or before.

Halle-friggin-lujah. Now before I even begin, if you’re one of those “there’s playoff football on faggot, who cares!” types, you might as well stop reading here.

The fact that they’ve somehow saved a 48-game season is baffling. On one hand, I love that they came to an agreement. On the other – it’s about 55% of the full season. Here’s my issue with a shortened season: playoffs/the Cup. I can see this making for a lot of issues in terms of who gets in the playoffs and who wins the Cup. A fluke team who usually wouldn’t make the playoffs may never hit their cold streak or just have a great start, which now, with less games, each game carries more weight. Who knows, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Player agent Matt Keator dropped these promising words for the next 10 NHL seasons:

This [agreement] means now that the owners and players are in a true partnership and have to work together very hard to grow the game and revenues in the next 10 years so this deal is great for everyone

It will certainly be a wild season. Now lets hope this is the last lockout for a long time…and by long time I mean much more than 10 years. Not a good look gentlemen.

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