Bettman did not have details on a timeline for ratification or a potential schedule for the opening of the regular season. It is believed the sides are aiming for either a 48- or 50-game season depending on how quickly things get done. Sources told ESPN.com that a 50-game season would start Jan. 15, while a 48-game season would start Jan. 19.Just what the world needs, hockey after the summer solstice. They pissed away half of the shitty weather of the year, do they really expect anybody but Canucks to care about hockey in late June? Gary Bettman is a clown. Oh well, maybe I'll go to a Blue Jackets game. I should be able to get a good deal on tickets.
Fehr said he hoped the next steps could be accomplished "fairly rapidly" and with "dispatch."
"We'll get back to what we used to call business as usual just as fast as we can," he said.
Both sides are committed to playing as many games as possible, even if it requires starting the season midweek, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs are expected to stretch into the end of June to account for the delayed start and compressed season.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Tentative Deal Reached For NHL