NHLPA Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Officially End Lockout

January 12th, 2013 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »
After four long, cold hockey-less months, the NHL lockout is finally over. The NHL Players' Association has signed a mutual operation agreement, ending the lockout while opening the shortened 2013 season, according to The Canadian Press' Chris Johnston:

The memorandum of understanding has been signed. The NHL lockout is officially over after 119 days. #dropthepuck

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 13, 2013 The NHL's Board of Governors recently voted unanimously to ratify the CBA, which left it up to the NHLPA, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. On Saturday, according to NHL.com, the NHLPA made that happen.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun made a note of the change to this year's trade deadline now that a season will officially be played:

For this season only - trade deadline will be April 3 while free agency opens July 5

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 13, 2013 The lockout, which began way back on Sept. 16, lasted nearly four months and resulted in more than 500 regular-season games being lost, forever.

According to the Associated Press via ESPN.com, with a new 10-year CBA ratified by both sides ...

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