Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by David Reich-Hale.
The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association on Sunday said they've reached a tentative deal on a collective bargaining agreement that would end the league lockout.
The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both sides, would last for 10 years.
The NHL did not announce when the abbreviated season would start or how many games each team would play. Each team was scheduled to play 82 games this season, but most experts expect a 48- to 50-game schedule this year.
A spokesman for the New York Islanders said the team wouldn't comment until the deal was officially ratified.
The announcement is certainly good news for businesses around the Nassau Coliseum on Hempstead Turnpike, which have been waiting for the Islanders to get back on the ice.
But that business lift will be short lived. The team is moving to Brooklyn following the 2014-2015 season.