Our long national nightmare is over. The NHL and NHLPA–with a major assist from mediator Scot Beckenbaugh–have reached a tentative agreement!

Details are just coming out, but there’s talk of the NHL season beginning January 19th and a 48 or 50 game schedule. There are some interesting changes and more coming available as we roll, but the pertinent items are here courtesy tsn.

Among the major items of interest:

  • The cap in year one is $60M, floor $44M and teams can spend up to $70.2M. Don’t ask, I don’t know either I believe it’s in order to allow transition for some of the cap teams.
  • It looks like the season will start either on January 15th (50 game season) or January 19th (48 game season).
  • Training camps to start this week, as early as Wednesday.
  • The draft lottery selection process will change with all 14 teams fully eligible for the first overall pick. The weighting system for each team may remain, but four-spot move restriction will be eliminated. I think this might end up being known as the "Oiler" rule, as it gives teams less impetus to finish at the bottom of the standings.
  • Free agency remains July 1st. 


  1. G Nikolai Khabibulin $3.75M
  2. G Devan Dubnyk $3.5M
  3. D Ryan Whitney $4M
  4. D Nick Schultz $3.5M
  5. D Ladislav Smid $2.25M
  6. D Andy Sutton $1.75M (likely to spend season on IR)
  7. D Jeff Petry $1.75M
  8. D Theo Peckham $1.075M
  9. D Justin Schultz $925k
  10. D Corey Potter $775k
  11. C Shawn Horcoff $5.5M
  12. R Ales Hemsky $5M
  13. C Sam Gagner $3.2M
  14. L Ryan Smyth $2.25M
  15. C Eric Belanger $1.75M
  16. R Ryan Jones $1.5M
  17. L Ben Eager $1.1M
  18. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins $925k
  19. L Nail Yakupov $925k
  20. L Taylor Hall $900k
  21. R Jordan Eberle $875k
  22. L Teemu Hartikainen $875k
  23. L Darcy Hordichuk $850k
  24. L Lennart Petrell $825k

I did not include bonuses (Hall, Nuge, Yak, Schultz, others) and have listed 24 but we’ll have to assume that Andy Sutton will remain on long term IR. I also haven’t included men like Magnus Paajarvi and possible recalls like Yann Danis, but NHL Numbers can help you with all  of that information.

We’re back. What a great day!

  • a lg dubl dubl

    I just hope that the fans back their tough talk and withhold support of the NHL and PA. That includes standing up to owner requests for public subsidies.

    They need to be sent a strong message.

    Besides, there should be a flurry of player moves which can be discussed online without giving them a single red cent.

  • Talbot17

    When one.looks at the final deal you sit there and wonder why the heck the owners sat out for that. I don’t think the deal provides much more then a few million dollar less in losses then before. So Pheonix, CBJ, Florida, TB only loose 23 million instead of 30 million a year. The only thing the lockout was good for was for teams who would have lost more if they played.’Id like someone to explain to me how this deal helps save the bottomfeeders. Also was there any details on epansion? I see it ase players won, Gary and owners blinked, they both shot themselves both in the foot and Quebec and Seattle better get ready for NHL hockey in 2 years.

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    someone mentioned Conor McDavid and the Flames…am i wrong when i think i read that the draft changes are coming for this year and not next? or is it from this year on? anyone?

  • 24% body fat

    TSN really needs to think their draft lottery show through now.

    You can’t just count down from five anymore. If someone is out of place than it ruins the show.

    Do you start with 3, and go up? If this position does not have the right team in it than what?

  • Cheap Shot Charlie

    So, we waited until January to find out that Bettman is not the big man he thinks he is? But Bettman likes hockey more than Fehr and the players, apparently.

    Just so everyone is aware, the deal still has to be put to paper and ratified. There are a couple more places where B-man and Fear can kill this. *No Trust!*

    • 24% body fat

      If the players kill this than they are the greedy jerks who will lose out on more paychecks and lost the last 10 percent of people who support them.

      If the owners kill this. They kill there product completely.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis


    ok, now that that is out of the way… a couple of tangential questions:

    1) what happens to the hybrid icing? will they have to start all over again on this next year, or will the nhlpa agree to it as a kind of amendment to the cba?

    2) what happens to the conference reorganization? will it go into effect, or will they have to wait for the nhlpa to sign on at some later meeting?

    • Spydyr

      1) Isn’t that something for the rules commitee not the CBA?
      2)Read somewhere this morning it still has to be worked out with the union.Don’t think it will be a stumbling block.

      • Romulus' Apotheosis

        wasn’t thinking of either as a stumbling block to the cba.

        just noting that neither was fully ratified because the nhlpa refused to consent to anything until the cba was in place… because they thought agreeing to anything with the nhl would equal a loss of bargaining position.

        so… if a new cba is in place… does that mean both will go into effect… i.e., the nhlpa will sign on

        (i guess “amendment to the cba” is poorly worded… i didn’t mean as part of the cba… i just meant as something that is contingent upon a cba being in place, at least from the pov of the nhlpa)

        ps. can you find a link to what you read about the reorganization