Feb. 9, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (left), Nicklas Lidstrom (5), center Henrik Zetterberg (40), center Pavel Datsyuk (13), and goalie Jimmy Howard (right) pose for a photo with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (third from left) during a press conference for the 2013 Winter Classic between Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


Finally. It’s here. We all have our closure. The season has been saved. The league and it’s players met for 16 hours straight yesterday to save it. I can’t remember the last thing I did for 16 hours straight.

Anyway, the players were able to minimize the damage that the owners tried to inflict and ultimately came up with a deal they and the owners are able to live with.

Main points:

  • Maximum 7 year contracts for signing players. 8 year contracts if it’s your own players.
  • 10 year CBA. Mutual opt out after 8 years.
  • Salary cap for 2013-14 season $64.3. Cap floor $44 million.
  • Draft lottery makes all non playoff teams fully eligible for the 1st overall pick.
  • Teams must use two amnesty buyouts before the 2013-14 season.
  • Salary variance is now at 35% year to year. Lowest salary cannot be more than 50% in the lowest year.

I have stuff to do today and hopefully by tonight I can have more details on this, and some stuff regarding the Rangers.

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