Are you ready for some hockey?
Let me start this off by saying, no, I am not sitting in on the negotiations. No, I am not an NHL player, nor an owner of an NHL team, nor an agent for an NHL player. I also do not know any of those people on a personal basis. However, I have talked to people that work for NHL teams and who have spoken to NHL players, and they have told me:
THE LOCKOUT WILL END AS SOON AS TOMORROW!
Here's what I've heard. The NHL and NHLPA have basically agreed on how the deal will look. They still need to finalize everything and make sure that there are no loopholes for either side as well as finalize the numbers and specifics. But, they agreed to a framework last week and Bob Goodenow wanted to see if the players and agents were actually behind it. So, he leaked the info to Larry Brooks of the New York Post. Larry wrote the article and Bob waited for the calls of outrage to come from players and agents. Only problem was, the calls never came. So, the deal proceeded forward. Now the two sides are meeting today to wrap up the revenue reporting and financial end of the deal and then tomorrow (Thursday) will be a long session with Bettman and Goodenow there to finalize everything. They should at least have the majority of the work done tomorrow night, if not everything done. The actual announcement (aka press conference) won't come until the lawyers have picked through everything, checked for spelling errors and made sure that everything is covered, and that could be a few more days. However, you should start hearing from legitimate media sources within the next 36 hours that a deal has been made.
Happy times are (almost) here again, hockey fans!