NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association have announced a tentative labor agreement that will save the hockey season.
A marathon negotiating session that lasted more than 16 hours and stretched from early Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning produced a deal that will ultimately end the lockout that reached its 113th day on Sunday.
The NHL avoided the embarrassment of having a second season lost because of a labor dispute when no other North American sports league ever had to cancel one. A lockout eight years ago that ushered in a salary-cap system to hockey for the first time wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.
The Minnesota Wild released a statement Sunday morning saying "Like our fans, we look
forward to the final approval of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement
and seeing our team back on the ice. Further information will be provided as soon as we receive it from the NHL."
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