April 29, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) emerges from his teammates while celebrating game winning overtime goal in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Devils, 4-3 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Is the lockout over?

Good news for hockey fans, the lockout may be over. After 12+ hours of negotiating the league has announced that they have reached a tentative agreement.

You can stop holding your breath now.

The schedule for the new season has yet to be announced, but most likely will begin in mid January. We’ve been hearing Jan. 15 or Jan. 19 but this will be announced later. Before the season is announced the Board of Governors and the players have to agree to the new CBA.

The new CBA is supposed to be for 10 years, so hopefully we’re not going through this lockout crap again in another decade. The season will obviously be abbreviated at 48 games or 52.

Right now everyone is optimistic. Players are returning home from Europe and the minors leagues.  It’s rumored that Flyers head coach Laviolette has already scheduled practice at the flyers skate zone in Voorhees.

Stay tuned, more announcements are still to come. The league still has to put the new deal to paper in addition to getting it approved, so we’ll have more information in the days to come.

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