NHL: 48-Game Schedule Starting Jan. 19th
ESPN.coms Pierre LeBrun says if the new CBA is ratified quickly, a start date of January 15 isnt out of the question. (He notes the aforementioned league memo says Jan. 19 is most probable.)
Its really a matter of how soon teams and players want to get back to putting fans in the seats and making money, while also making sure the paperwork reflects what they agreed to.
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