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IT'S FINALLY OVER: NHL, NHLPA Reach Deal, Lockout Ends

The NHL and its player association reached a deal on what is being reported as a 10-year deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement effectively ending a lockout that started on Sept. 16.

The deal was brokered after an all-night marathon bargaining session in New York; word came out that the lockout was over around 5 a.m.

A 48 or 50 game season should be announced sometime Sunday.

A start time for a seven or eight day training camp should also be announced.

I was told at Pompano Panthers practice on Friday that they expected to start in Coral Springs on Saturday.

Once the lockout is lifted, players will be allowed back into the complex. I would expect that our Friday practice was the last at Glacier and that players will be back in Coral Springs tomorrow morning -- trading in their NHLPA jerseys for Florida Panthers ones.

I will be tweeting on this and BCS national championship game stuff all morning and afternoon.

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See you in Sunrise.