It feels kind of dirty doesn't it? Even watching a video of Bettman and Fehr standing so close together seems wrong. Alas, it is over, and hockey can resume. It seems that people in our world are incapable of compromise until every ounce of fight is out of them, and the last minute is dawning on absolute tragedy for their own hides.
Intelligent conversation, understanding, and listening skills are dying, even to the point that those who do compromise get an ear-full when they do it. Just take our recent Fiscal Cliff negotiations for example. Having to compromise, and trying to show signs of acceptance, our President is ridiculed by both sides of the argument. One side says he was too stubborn, and the other thinks he gave in too much to the other side. You just can't win in this environment.
And so, here we are, finally looking at a near future with NHL hockey in it, and a new CBA. Here are some of the details of said agreement:
The Term is 10 seasons, with an 8 year mutual out.
The Salary Cap is reported to be $64.3 million, pretty much last season's. However, worth noting is that the original 2012-13 cap was set to be $70 million plus.
Contract Lengths can not be longer than 7 seasons, 8 if they're signing with their current team.
That's all I have for now, but I assume more will come quickly. We now wait to here about those specifics, and also the nitty-gritty on how the shortened season will unfold. As we have stated on this site before, I think the break was actually positive for the Blackhawks. I look forward to seeing how Q screws those positives up in the coming weeks.