Lockout over! NHL, players reach tentative deal on CBA

After a 16-hour negotiation session on the 113th day of the NHL lockout, the league and players...

After a 16-hour negotiation session on the 113th day of the NHL lockout, the league and players reached a tentative agreement on a CBA. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters file photo)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

NEW YORK - The NHL and the NHL Players' Association crossed the finish line with their own New York City Marathon and the 113-day-old lockout is over.

After being holed-up in a Manhattan hotel for more than 16 hours, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr confirmed Sunday morning they’ve got a tentative deal on a new 10-year CBA.

The league would like to have 50 game schedule starting on Jan. 15, but Jan. 19 is more likely given all the work that has to be done. All the play will be inter-conference.

"We have reached on an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement," said Bettman at 5:45 a.m. EST. "The details, of which, need to be put to paper. We've got to dot a lot i's and cross a lot of t's -- there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon."

Both must now go to their respective constituents -- Bettman to the 30 board of governors and Fehr to the 730 players -- to outline the highlights of the deal that was reached after the two sides were sent back to the table for the marathon session by federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh.

"Any process like this, in the system we have, is difficult and it can be long," said Fehr. "I’ve said repeatedly throughout this process, you get up tomorrow and try to find a way to do it again. You keep doing that until you find a way to succeed.

"We have the framework of a deal, we have to do the legal work and the constituent communication work. We need to let them know details. Hopefully, we’re at a place where all those things will proceed fairly rapidly. We’ll get back to business as usual just as fast as we can."

The two sides got down to brass tacks on the major issues throughout the course of Saturday and the talks wrapped up in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

"Hopefully in a very few days people can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us," quipped Fehr.


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