The NHLPA ratified the CBA, leaving the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding as the only obstacle left from keeping the NHL Lockout from officialy ending.
Like everything else that has happened throughout the process, it took a lot longer than it should have to get the memo signed. But the only thing that fans, media, players and owners alike want to hear is that the memo has been signed and the season can now officially begin.
No more negotiations, no more mediation. Just hockey.
Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press was the first to break the news of the Memorandum of Understanding's signing over Twitter.
The memorandum of understanding has been signed. The NHL lockout is officially over after 119 days.
- Chris Johnston, @reporterchris
Training camps will open on Sunday as expected, with the regular season starting next Saturday.
The Flyers' camp will open at 11 AM on Sunday and the team will be making practices open to the public according to CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio
Immediately after news broke of the MOU's signing, the NHL released the official 48-game schedule.
It has been reported multiple times over the past week, but it has now been confirmed with the release of the official schedule.
Get ready Flyers Fans. Philadelphia will be the site of the first game of the season.
The Flyers will play against the rival Penguins next Saturday at 3:00 PM ET at the Wells Fargo Center. The game is being aired on NBC, putting the rivalry in the national spotlight.
The release of the schedule also confirms that the Flyers will also play the Sabres in Buffalo the next day. That game will also be nationally televised on NBC at 12:30 PM ET.
Teams can begin trades and signings again starting at midnight (ET) according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
It is very likely now that the Flyers will sign veteran defenseman Kurtis Foster within the next day or so based on reports from earlier that stated he would be signed by Philadelphia as soon as the organization is able to.
So that's it, all that's left now is to wait for the first puck to drop.
To see the Flyers' official 48-game schedule, click here.
(Image from cbc.ca)