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SteelCityMom 01-06-2013 10:22 AM

NHL Lockout Over
It's going to be the crappiest season a lot of us have ever seen, but I'm so ready for some hockey. I hope they don't fuck it up. Sounds pretty optimistic though.


NHL, NHLPA agree to framework of new CBA
Sunday, 01.06.2013 / 7:27 AM / News
By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association reached agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement early Sunday morning.

After a marathon 16-plus hour negotiating session at the Sofitel Hotel that began Saturday afternoon, the sides announced an agreement in principle shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday.

The League did not announce the start date of the season or the number of games each team will play. Those details will be announced soon.

The deal, agreed to at approximately 4:40 a.m., was announced jointly by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr in the same hotel conference room where the negotiations were conducted with the assistance of Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

"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 said. "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."

Fire Haley 01-06-2013 11:59 AM

Re: NHL Lockout Over
Pierre LeBrun reporting that if they can get everything together quickly enough, a 50-game schedule could begin on Jan. 15. If not, it will be the previously reported 48-game slate opening Jan. 19.

Fire Haley 01-06-2013 12:42 PM

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a shortened season could be good for the Pens, that's what i'm thinking, Malkin has his legs and has been on a scoring tear in the KHL - Sid is well rested - come out on fire!

Fire Haley 01-07-2013 11:07 AM

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NHL confirms 48-game schedule, start date still up in the air

stb_steeler 01-07-2013 04:14 PM

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Bout damn time

Fire Haley 01-07-2013 04:25 PM

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NHL Preview

Last Season

The Penguins fared well without Sidney Crosby for the majority of the regular season, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference and just one point behind the Conference-topping Rangers.

Crosby returned for good (we hope) late in the regular season, but his presence in the lineup wasn't enough for the Penguins to survive a sloppy first-round series against the Flyers.

The off-season saw Pittsburgh trade talented but underutilized (playing behind Malkin and Crosby) centre Jordan Staal to Carolina after failing to re-sign him. Losing Staal will surely hurt, but the Penguins received a decent package in return (Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, and a first-round pick in Derrick Pouliot).

Season Outlook

Prospect Watch

Two prominent first-round draft picks helped the Penguins replenish their prospect cupboard this summer.

Defenceman Derrick Pouliot, whom Pittsburgh nabbed eighth overall with the Hurricanes' pick, immediately jumps to the top of the prospect list, while Olli Maatta, taken 22nd overall, is high on the chart as well. Pouliot has been amongst the WHL's top defenceman scorers so far in 2012-13, while Maatta is a big factor behind the London Knights' complete dominance of the OHL so far this year.

There's also a lot of excitement around defencemen Joe Morrow and Simon Depres - two players who could be close to joining the big league club. Dumoulin, part of the Staal deal, is also high on Pittsburgh's prospect list.

The Upside

Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009 and has generally been stellar for Pittsburgh in his eight years in the league. Last year, however, Fleury showed signs of struggle, especially in the playoffs. Team brass chalked it up to fatigue before making a move to fix the situation by signing veteran Tomas Vokoun. He's perhaps the best backup goalie in the league and will allow Fleury to rest without a noticeable drop-off in play, keeping him fresh for the playoffs.
The Downside

Unfortunately, the Penguins – and hockey fans everywhere – will always be weary of the next big hit that forces Crosby to miss another extended period of time. That hit may never come, but the possibility could weigh on both Crosby and teammates throughout the season. For what it's worth, Pittsburgh gave Crosby a 12-year contract extension this summer, a sign they're confident he'll be healthy and resilient for the forseeable future.

Keeping Busy

A look at where Penguins players went during the lockout:

Simon Despres (Wiles-Barre/Scranton, AHL), Deryk Engelland (Rosenborg IHK Elite, Norway), Dustin Jeffrey (Medvescak Zagreb, Austria), Evgeni Malkin (Metallurg, KHL), Eric Tangradi (Wiles-Barre/Scranton, AHL), Tomas Vokoun (HC Karlovy Vary, Czech League)

stb_steeler 01-07-2013 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Killer (Post 1074773)
NHL confirms 48-game schedule, start date still up in the air

Jan 19 ?

SteelCityMom 01-07-2013 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by stb_steeler (Post 1074886)
Jan 19 ?

At the latest. Jan 19 would give them a 48 game schedule. It could be a little bit longer if they start a few days earlier. It'll be sometime between the 15th and the 19th though.

The_Joker 01-08-2013 01:05 PM

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Hope my Flames can make it this year. Tired of being in 9th place.

Fire Haley 01-08-2013 07:54 PM

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The league is targeting a 48-game season beginning Jan. 19, leaving very little time for everyone involved with the sport to get organized. The schedule isn't expected to be released until after the Board of Governors ratifies the agreement.

With a 48-game schedule, each team will play four games each against two divisional opponents, five games each against two divisional opponents and three games each against 10 conference rivals.

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