NHL Leaning Toward 48 Game SeasonUNDATED (AP) - The NHL appears
headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades.
"I think 48 is most likely at this
point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL
deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48
games during the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in
2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league
to lose an entire season.
When the framework of a new collective
bargaining agreement was agreed to Sunday morning - after 16 hours of
negotiations - there was some talk of having a 50-game season start later this
The NHL and the players' association are
working on a memorandum of understanding, which could be completed soon then
voted on by team owners and players. The league has circulated a memo to teams
telling them to be ready to play by Jan. 19, the date the shortened season is
expected to start.
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