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NHL, Islanders Set to Return

After 113 days, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association have settled on a contract that ends the lockout.

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.
Patrick Smith January 06, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I would not support these bums ,million aires on strike for more money .The most over rated players in a pro league
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 11:46 PM
If I understand the dispute the league grossed 3.3 billion last year. The owners then decided that they wanted to back out of previous arrangements and players contracts. Give backs basically without any showing that there was financial stress as a whole. As far as I know there is no revenue sharing by the affluent teams and owners with the struggling ones like they have in the NFL. The owners are a bunch of greedy pigs led by Dolan et al. Anyone following this situation knows it was a lockout by the owners not a strike by the players. You have it all backwards Patrick.
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 11:48 PM
BTW--hockey players don't go on IR for two weeks over a twisted little toe like some baseball players do.
Patrick Smith January 07, 2013 at 04:38 AM
look up average salaries for NHL players 2.4 million a year, thats 200,000 a month for 12 months . not bad for living a childhood dream. ungrateful f..ks
Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 06:58 AM
So why are you only picking on hockey players it's the same all across the board for the other 3 major sports as well as NASCAR ( I think), tennis etc. Same in other parts of the world for soccer. aRod gets how much per season? not certain but I think it's 18 million . and he was 0 for 18 post season play. I don't like it either. It's prohibitively expensive to go to any major league event. Parking at Shea , now Citi , is $19. Beers almost $10 6.50 for ice cream. Lookinfg at it from the athletes point of view their average work life is only a few years so they have to make it while they can. Also it now has become apparent that hockey and football players in particular are suffering serious head injuries that cripple them Later in life. it's all driven by TV revenue so who cares? Instead of getting angry at stuff like this why don't you focus on something important like violence against women and children by real dortbags.
Rich January 07, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Screw the Islanders! Long Beach is RANGER COUNTRY!!!
Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Rich-- if you were a hockey fan, rather than a Ranger fan, you would understand the significance of their moving.

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