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Jan
12

The NHL Players Association announced that its players have voted to ratify the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NHL. The deadline to ratify was today at 8:00 a.m. ET, and all votes were cast electronically by secret ballot.

Next, to finalize the CBA both sides must sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which is an abridged version of the CBA that spells out the terms under which the League and its players will operate. Once the MOU is signed by both the Players Association and the NHL, the league will officially announce the date on which the 2012-13 season will begin.

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Jan
12

Brian Burke has been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The gruff, no nonsense manager said he was as shocked as everyone else in the hockey world when he was told. The Leafs replaced Burke with Dave Nonis, the same man who succeeded him as GM of the Vancouver Canucks back in 2004 when the Canucks fired Burke.

At a press conference, Burke fielded questions in his own, inimitable style. See what Burke had to say here.

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Jan
12

The Anaheim Ducks announced that a familiar face will be joining the coaching staff now that the start of the 2012-13 season is drawing near. Former Ducks captain and veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who retired as a player in 2010 but returned to work as an operations consultant with the team’s Player Development program, has accepted a position as assistant coach to the team’s head coach Bruce Boudreau. Niedermayer joins returning assistant coaches Bob Woods and Brad Lauer.

Although he will only travel with the team sporadically, Niedermayer will attend most practices and home games. However, rather than join the rest of the coaching staff behind the bench, he will instead watch from above the rink and offer his suggestions based on observations from that vantage point.

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Jan
06

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Donald Fehr announced this morning that the two sides reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Although this ends the 113-day lockout, the league has not yet announced the start date of the 2013 season. More details will come in the next few days as hockey fan eagerly await the start of the abbreviated season.

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