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Players’ Association ratifies CBA

Jan 12, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby AP

The final hurdle in approving the new Collective Bargaining Agreement has finally been cleared.

The NHLPA vote to ratify the CBA has completed and been approved. With both sides in agreement, the season can almost officially get underway. Renaud Lavoie from RDS reports 98-percent of players voted in favor of the CBA. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the final tally¬†with 89-percent of the PA’s members voting as 667 voting “yes” and just 12 voting “no.”

What’s left for both sides is to sign off on the CBA Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU is needed as completing all the paperwork for the CBA will take weeks. Doing it this way allows for everything to get underway.

Once that’s set, the release of the full NHL schedule it set to follow. We’ll then see the start of training camps and ultimately the commencement of the shortened 48-game season.

FYI, don’t expect the signing of the MOU to take long at all. Both the players and owners are itchy to get things going in earnest.

This also means teams will be allowed to begin signing and trading players as they need to. Expect to see many veterans in search of deals to either take one-year deals or agree to professional tryout agreements.

Yes gang, business is about to pick up.

  1. jaredo10 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Finally we get our hockey back .. cant wait

  2. sknut - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Yes! About time! Can’t wait for season to start.

  3. buff80 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Finally. Get the schedule out!

  4. ussportsfanuk - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Great news! Time to release the schedule!

  5. rsl22 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    98%? Who’s the d-bag that voted against it? Erik Cole?

    • Martin Ericsson - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      I hope that they’re still on lockout. If they don’t accept it – why should they be allowed play?

    • barkar942 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

      DePietro, Redden, anyone else who will be bought out this summer and have no where to play.

  6. Stiller43 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    7 days boys!

  7. northstars17 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I called it!

  8. banger60 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Bless their little pointed heads!

  9. semin28 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Happy as a clam

  10. watchfullhose - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Great. Schedule?

  11. buffalomafia - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Go Sabres! What about realignment? What about the Coyotes? What about playoff format?

    • ussportsfanuk - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      I think realignment will need to be looked at quite soon, which is something I’ve talked about on my blog. I’m not sure an ideal situation exists, I think there will have to be some compromises.

  12. xaf605 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    How about some schedule updates,when they coming out?

  13. jimw81 - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    12 angry men

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Nice one. I’ll assume it is memory of the late, great Jack Klugman, the last survivor of that great movie!

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