“Tentative Agreement” On New CBA — Lockout Over

Let the record show the news came down at 5:09am.

The will they or won't they speculation ended with this joint Bettman/Fehr press conference shortly before 6am…they looked tired, but Gary proclaimed – "the basic framework of a deal has been agreed upon" :

NHL Board Of Governors and the NHLPA membership still have to ratify the deal, but that all seems a formality right now.

And here's a few more early details:

Think I'm about 75% bitter and 25% excited.