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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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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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While some NHL players are taking a “wait and see” approach during the continued Collective Bargaining (CBA) negotiations, others have decided to play abroad until an agreement is struck. Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has signed with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Likewise, Washington Capitals captain and fellow Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin has signed with the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow.

Other players heading to Europe are Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza who signed today with Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss Elite League while HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga signed forwards Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens.

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A decision has been rendered in the arbitration case of NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. The trade of the blueliner by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders was upheld. It was deemed that a no-trade clause was not in effect at the time of the trade. If there is no lockout of players, Visnovsky is expected to report to the Islanders’ training camp for the 2012-13 season.

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