A relieved Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement those in hockey waited nearly four months to hear. He then apologized to players, sponsors and hockey supporters.
If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps can open Sunday if approval is reached on both sides.
“I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday.
All schedule issues, including the length of the season, still need to be worked out. The NHL has models for 50- and 48-game seasons.
Chris Kerber, ‘the voice of the Blues’, will be heard calling games soon on KMOX. Ron Jacober also previews the BCS National Championship Game with CBS Sports writer Dennis Dodd.
Talks between the NHL and players resume Monday.
League’s lockout enters critical stage. Fate of 2012-2013 season may hang in the balance.
George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, was an adviser to the NHL players’ union before joining FMCS three years ago.