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

Jan 6, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

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The question of whether the new NHL season will be 48 or 50 games has an answer.

It’ll be 48.

CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports the league sent out a memo to teams saying there will be a 48-game regular season set to begin on January 19. There is some debate on that second point, however.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun says if the new CBA is ratified quickly, a start date of January 15 isn’t out of the question. (He notes the aforementioned league memo says Jan. 19 is “most probable.”)

It’s really a matter of how soon teams and players want to get back to putting fans in the seats and making money, while also making sure the paperwork reflects what they agreed to.

When it comes to training camps opening up, Friedman reports that won’t happen until Saturday, January 12 — at the earliest. Once the new deal is ratified, players will be allowed access to team facilities again.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Please be the 15th!!!!@

  2. joeyashwi - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    It will feel so good to trash talk each other rather than talk about the lockout! Go Wild!

    • hawkeyplayer - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      The Wild suck !!!!!

      • lordfletcher - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        HAHA

        -Wild fan

      • valoisvipers - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        The Wild don’t suck but their management does.

  3. bufffalojoe - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Patience everyone it’s near…Betman believes that absence makes the heart grow fonder ( season will begin Jan 19th ) every arena will be sold out EVEN Phoenix

  4. slumdog66 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    FINALLY.

  5. hawkeyplayer - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Not one arena will be sold out in my honest opinion, with the exception of a GREAT opener (ex. Bruins vs Rangers at MSG) and the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the LA Kings.

    • killerpgh - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      I’m pretty sure every team that has a season ticket waiting list will sell out their home opener.

      • hawkeyplayer - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        You do know that season tickets have become a business within a business correct? Non-hockey fans buy them (hence the wait) so they can sell them for double the price as the season goes on. Most teams even support this as it’s called a buyback plan through the teams website.

      • desertfan - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Further to hawker player post-

        most teams now run legal?? scalping sites.

        Season ticket holders get free access and FANS can pay a Membership Fee up front to access the site.

        Tix are posted for sale and the refits are split – in some cases the profits are so large that the team share actually equates to selling the seats twice.

        Watch the next move.

        Last year we were advised by the Nucks that to satisfy demands of season ticket holders??? prices were going to by different for each game as printed on the ticket to reflect the visitors popularity.

        What is really happening is a large increase in ticket prices soon.

    • kitshky - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Dude, the most (yes I’m super generalizing and not saying there’s no passionate fans down south) passionate and therefore pissed off fans promising to “never come back” are up in Canada … and I would almost guarantee you that every rink up here will be full.

      Toronto / Winnipeg / Vancouver for sure… aaand probably all the rest.

    • kirkmcleansbaby - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      Pretty sure the Canucks won’t have a problem continuing their 400+ game sellout streak!

    • tcwhpgh - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      Pittsburgh Home Opener = $$$. For the city and me. See you at the 2nd home game. The players held out for their share. Now its my turn!

      • davemeisner - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        No need to holdout, not like you’re watching the nfl playoffs in Pitt anyway.

      • tcwhpgh - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:19 AM

        Must be/live in Seattle… Wating for a hockey team and still crying over Super Bowl XL? Go Super Sonics.

    • rogersjd16 - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Yea Bruins season ticket holder here and I can promise you the Garden will be full for each and every game this year. Especially the opener.

      Basically why the owners locked the players out and went as long as possible before agreeing – they know we’re coming back.

      • awag95 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        As a sabres fan, I’ll be honored to start hating your team again this year. HOCKEY’S BACK!

      • whateveryousaydude - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        as a blackhawks fan, as the sabres fan said, I’ll be honored to start hating your team again this year. HOCKEY’S BACK! :-)

    • pensfan72 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Guaranteed Pittsburgh is sold out. 250 straight games sold out to date.

  6. bensawesomeness - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    What do you guys think about attempting to have the croud not cheer for the entire first period? As like a fan-revolt thing. ‘Cause they’re right, we’ll still go to the games, but we can still show our distaste by being silent, at least through 1 period

    • calithirteen - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Yeah that will really show the owners and the players that we mean business. Buy their tickets, buy their merchandise but dont’ cheer for the 1st period. That should definitely keep the NHL from ever having a work stoppage again. If fans want to be serious about teaching these guys a lesson they shouldn’t buy tickets to any games this year nor buy any nhl merchandise. I’m too much of a diehard ranger fan to do it but that is the only way to teach these guys a lesson.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        call, you probably are right, but here’s my bold prediction: the first time Gary Bettman is seen and/or introduced at an NHL game this year, the astronauts on the Space Station will hear the booing.

    • hawkeyplayer - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      dumbest thing I’ve ever read on here… and I’ve read a lot of dumbs things these past 4 months…. lol thanks for the laugh out loud though :)

      • rogersjd16 - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Dunno man. You just claimed that not a single arena was going to sell out for the first games…

      • valoisvipers - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        rogersjd16 – I gotta agree with you that hawkeyplayer gets that distinction for his own comment.

  7. pooinyourface - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    I bet a full thousand dollars that the Islanders fans will participate the most in the boycott.

    • calithirteen - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      lol….you know what, the islanders might finally be able to attract talent to the roster since they are moving to brooklyn in another 2 years and leaving that dump of a place in Nassau. So who knows anything is possible!

    • islesjb - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      hmmm…. yeah…. GFY

      • islesjb - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        (directed at pooinhisface, not cali). I agree and think the Isles will be able to turn it around once they move to Brooklyn. In addition to being able to attract talent, they are currently loaded with young talent in the AHL and beyond….. Ryan Strome is going to be a beast

  8. boondocksaint7 - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Let’s get it started!

  9. pooinyourface - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    the only reason the Rags would sell out or ever do sell out is because the entire lower-bowl is filled with suit wearing wall street scum who got free tix from their bailed-out companies abd dont want to go home until tgeir wives are already asleep. Bunch of dummies.

  10. pooinyourface - Jan 7, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    the only reason the Rags would sell out or ever do sell out is because the entire lower-bowl is filled with suit wearing wall street scum who got free tix from their bailed-out companies and dont want to go home until their wives are already asleep. Bunch of dummies.*******

    • woodstakes - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Your ignorance showed through much better in your first statement full of misspellings!

  11. fleshybear - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    I demand nhl center ice for free! #retribution. at least 8 more years before bettman allows another lockout

  12. bryanbailey805 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Reblogged this on Football, basket, tennis and more!.

  13. buffalomafia - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    What about playoff format?

    What about realignment?

    What about future of Coyotes?

  14. pooinyourface - Jan 7, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Your mother showed much better thru her first series of miscarriages. 4 cups in 86 years with 6 teams in the league, I’m glad you feel accomplished.

  15. semin28 - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Finally

  16. bricktop02 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    My source told me hockey will start soon.

  17. klownboy - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Now that is good news. A 48-game season will increase the sense of urgency in every player and coach. Expect all of the games to be played with increased intensity. An awesome day for hockey!

  18. trollingthisbridge - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Who cares. I have been an avid fan since I used to watch games with my brothers back in the late 60’s on a black & white TV that was like watching in a snow storm, but I will not attend another game or purchase anything NHL related as long as midget Bettman remains as Commissioner. Bettman has been and remains a disaster for the NHL as any true NHL fan and most players recognize; that’s why he is ALWAYS met with a chorus of boos whenever he starts yapping before handing out the Stanley Cup. I question whether a majority of owner’s are truly interested in a quality NHL, as it appears more and more that they are only interested in making more money for themselves.
    I am done with the fools who are supposed to be running the NHL.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Trollingthisbridge…..they are only interested in making more money for themselves..
      If this were true about the owners they would never have bought a NHL team.

  19. stebutt - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    After the big announcement it’s all gone very quiet. Come on guys, crack on!

  20. chrisjiannacopoulos - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I can’t wait for the first Saturday of the season!!! Filling weekends with the AHL, College, and hometown hockey just isn’t the same. Enjoyed it, but the speed of the NHL is unmatched!! Drop The Puck!!!

  21. klownboy - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Though I am happy to have hockey back, no credit should be given to EITHER side for ending this unnecessary and silly lockout. It lasted one day too long, let alone 113 days.

    http://theklowntimes.net/2013/01/06/no-props-for-the-nhl-ending-its-lockout/

  22. schlemealsschlimazel - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    If players can’t access team facilities until the deal is ratified, somebody better call the cops on Niklas Backstrom, because he’s already there:

  23. sabatimus - Jan 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    As a diehard fan I’m looking forward to this very much. But the potential for injury is going to be MUCH higher. That and what have the goalies done during the lockout? Most of them couldn’t simply go overseas and get a starting job and face pucks in anger. I have a feeling a lot of goals are going to be scored.

  24. pastabelly - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    hawkeyplayer – Jan 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM
    You do know that season tickets have become a business within a business correct? Non-hockey fans buy them (hence the wait) so they can sell them for double the price as the season goes on. Most teams even support this as it’s called a buyback plan through the teams website.
    ======================================================================
    The Bruins will not buy back. They will allow me to put my seats on sale through their ticketmaster alliance and the Bruins earn a small service charge on the resale. I don’t think it’s much more than a service convenience to fans. The team does not lose out if the tickets don’t resell.

  25. banger60 - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    The strike will end next tuesday my source assures me.

  26. romasko - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    What would happen if the new CBA isn’t ratified by the board of governors or if it wasn’t by the NHLPA? I know it’s highly unlikely but would it continue the lockout?

  27. metroplexfrog - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Let’s get this thing rolling. It will be a very interesting few months.

  28. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    If someone starts a comment on a hockey story with “Who cares?”, I stop reading there and just thumb it down. YOU DO, you jackass!

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