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Ok, a break from all the pie fighting, just a brief update on something that matters:

After 113 days and a 16-hour marathon negotiating session it looks like the lockout is almost over and hockey will soon be coming back. Early Sunday morning, the NHL and its players’ union announced they had reached a deal on a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Details of the agreement weren’t released because players and owners needed to be told first. But NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman had earlier said an agreement had to be reached before Jan. 11 in order to start a 48-game season on Jan. 19, reports Bloomberg.

And guess who's going to get the credit?   The federal mediator.

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. Sunday 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 been finalized, but there won't be fewer than 48 games and there could be more. The season will start on or before Jan. 19.

Next time someone tells you the federal government isn't good for anything, I give you: HOCKEY.

Bam.  Case Closed.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:03:15 PM PST

  •  YAY Hockey, now we can get back to real fighting! (3+ / 0-)
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    pollbuster, tmservo433, Sanuk

    GO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    "If you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing!" (on a sign at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans)

    by ranger995 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:07:50 PM PST

    •  Go Rangers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

      “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

      by LamontCranston on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:51:57 PM PST

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      •  Go Isles!!!!!!!!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Unfortunately, they'll probably go quickly to cellar probably though lol

        I must end each day with a dose of Top Comments. A TC diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

        by cohenzee on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:14:57 PM PST

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      •  Potvin Sucks! Now and forever. (1+ / 0-)
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        I kid you not.. went to the "On the Beach"  relief concert in Asbury Park last week.

        MC Matt Pinfield:  "and we also have to thank Sean Avery and Hendrik Lundqvist".

        Guys in front of me break out with: "Go Rangers!  Potvin Sucks"

        They were easily 30 years old.

        Tradition!  Tradition!

        It's not a fake orgasm; it's a real yawn.

        by sayitaintso on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:26:59 PM PST

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  •  Get Seattle an NHL team (3+ / 0-)
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    tmservo433, sayitaintso, flycaster

    Then I'll be impressed. :-)

    (And yeah, before we can get a team we need an arena, and the arena deal is contingent on getting an NBA team back and getting arena approval from 141,938 local groups including the Longshoremen, Microsoft, Starbucks, Bedelia's Doggy Daycare and Scout Troop 802.)

    (I'm not kidding about the Longshoremen. They're afraid arena traffic will impede dock work more than it already is with the NFL and MLB.)

    This is good news for those cities that already have teams. I just wish we were one of them.

    If you can't say anything nice about the GOP, please post here more often.

    by Omir the Storyteller on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:16:09 PM PST

  •  Hey your football team (0+ / 0-)

    is trying to make a point today. I mean really trying to make a point.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:38:15 PM PST

  •  I think it's going to be (0+ / 0-)

    pretty tight fitting in 48 games.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:40:50 PM PST

  •  Go Brooklyn Islanders (0+ / 0-)

    Can I call them that or do I have to wait till 2015?

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:43:54 PM PST

  •  Maybe Rebulicans will care in the Red States (1+ / 0-)
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    Because most Hockey players don't have teeth, I can see some bonding going on.

  •  Does anybody care (1+ / 0-)
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    We have the NFL Playoffs
    NBA Season is in full swing
    and ony 5 weeks until pitchers and catchers !!!

  •  Go Blues!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe we can finally get a Cup

    I'm a Bobby Kennedy Democrat

    by docstymie on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 06:01:53 PM PST

  •  I'm a Blue Jackets fan, which makes me among the (0+ / 0-)

    most downtrodden fans in all of sports.  Since they are going with a short season, the league should try to make it up to the fans by making the Stanley Cup playoffs like a high school basketball tournament, put all the teams in.  Let the non-qualifiers from the top 16 square off against each other in 5 game series to get the 14 "wild cards" to a set of best of 7 series against the lowest 8 seeds to get it down to a 16 team tournament.

    Giving all the teams life in the Stanley Cup playoffs will boost attendance, and bring spirit to all the teams in the league.  The teams would still have playing for higher seeding and bye rounds in the playoffs, looks like a good means to improve fan interest and maybe save the league from its greedy self.  More playoff games will generate more team and league TV revenue, which is likely a good thing.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:50:13 PM PST

    •  I see your agenda here. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ohiodem1, flycaster

      You just want to see the CBJ's make the playoffs for once :-)

      But I really respect that you're sticking with the team. As a longtime fan of teams that lose in painful ways (the Cubs and Nationals, most notably), I know how it can be...

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:29:48 AM PST

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      •  The CBJ made the playoffs once, an 8 seed, (1+ / 0-)
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        and the Red Wings swept us, so we still have never won a playoff game.  I understand professional sports pain, I support the Bengals and Browns, too.  But at least we have the Buckeyes . . . .

        Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

        by Ohiodem1 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:22:19 AM PST

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  •  Not a Hockey fan, but I live in a.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...natural hockey "hot spot." I'm glad this has been resolved, but I don't think many of the current owners care about the realities of their sport. And I am almost certain that they will attempt to squeeze the players again before the decade ends. That dispute may end the NHL and that might not be a bad thing. This collection of owners makes pro boxing look like a holistic enterprise.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 01:06:48 AM PST

  •  Hockey resumes (0+ / 0-)

    but at this point,does anyone really give a shit?

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