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NHL, Islanders, Set to Return

After 113 days, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association have settled on a contract that ends the lockout.

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by David Reich-Hale.

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association on Sunday said they've reached a tentative deal on a collective bargaining agreement that would end the league lockout.

The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both sides, would last for 10 years.

The NHL did not announce when the abbreviated season would start or how many games each team would play. Each team was scheduled to play 82 games this season, but most experts expect a 48- to 50-game schedule this year.

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A spokesman for the New York Islanders said the team wouldn't comment until the deal was officially ratified.

The announcement is certainly good news for businesses around the Nassau Coliseum on Hempstead Turnpike, which have been waiting for the Islanders to get back on the ice.

But that business lift will be short lived. The team is moving to Brooklyn following the 2014-2015 season.

Archie Bunker January 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hey there Nassau Taxpayer, can you bring me another beer
sadeto January 07, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Hockey is the only pro sport I can consistently watch. The NFL is overly scripted and overly regulated; basketball is great but I can't figure out what it has to do with the NBA; and baseball is fun to listen to on the radio while you get other things done. And hockey has a nice way of taking care of prima donnas on the ice.
Ralebird January 08, 2013 at 06:32 AM
I would like to see Kate Murray at the home opener to drop the first puck. I don't mean a ceremonial puck drop from a red carpet, I mean I would like to see her at center ice dropping the puck for the game starting faceoff and then trying to get off the ice in one (very big) piece!
KP LIslander January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
@Matthew Hogan: I seem to be missing something here. Mangano announced plans to “reinvent” the Nassau Coliseum by bringing in Forest City Ratner Companies, the same developer responsible for Barclay’s Center. This is "to help transform the venue into becoming what the county described as ‘an attractive, state-of-the-art destination for sports & entertainment.’ " Really? Mangano is doing this NOW, AFTER Wang’s hand was forced by the TOH & Nassau County & was left with no choice but to move? Why now? Why couldn’t this have been considered BEFORE Wang was left with no option but to move? How is that going to be paid for? And how would the manner in which this is to be paid for now be any different vs. how such a course of action would have been funded with the Isles kept in place in Uniondale? I don’t get it. I would really like to see the media ensure making it a point to highlight this valid & legitimate aspect in order for this to be addressed as it should be & not glossed over, minimized, trivialized & conveniently brushed under the rug. This just seems to perpetuate the perception of the pols being short-sighted baffoons trying to cover their a$$ in vain. Yet more of the same nonsense from the same inept, dysfunctional gov’t officials being paid by the taxpayer. Mind boggling & unbelievable. Pathetic. And unconscionable that they even have the temerity to act as though they are not complicit or culpable, as if they have done nothing wrong. A-WH()Le$


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