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POST-LOCKOUT: What's Next?

What's Next?

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-- CBA ratification: While commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Don Fehr have agreed to a deal, it must be "put on paper" and formally approved by both the owners and the players. That could come as early as Tuesday.

-- Training Camp: A weeklong training camp is expected with a start as early as Saturday. The Panthers will hold their camp at the Coral Springs Iceplex. Players are still, officially, not allowed to use the team facilities.

That will probably change on Tuesday.

Those Panthers who are in town will have a final workout at Glacier Ice Arena in Lighthouse Point/Pompano Beach on Monday at 10 a.m.

Admission is free.

-- The season: The NHL will announce either a 50 or 48-game season as early as Monday. Teams will only play within its conference so the remainder of the 2012-13 schedule will need to be revamped.

-- Playoffs: Will not be affected and will be held under the same format as last season with eight teams from each conference playing three rounds leading up to the Stanley Cup Finals. Each series will remain a best-of-7.

-- Season ticket refunds: The Panthers offered three different options to season ticket holders, with one option refunding money for cancelled games. Right now that's either 15 or 16 regular games lost depending on the length of the new schedule.

-- The Panthers: Florida still needs to re-sign restricted free agent Dmitry Kulikov. The Panthers continue to be mentioned as a possible landing place for Vancouver goalie and Broward resident Roberto Luongo. The Panthers were scheduled to raise their first divisional banner Oct. 16 against the Lightning.

POST-LOCKOUT: What's Next?