With a Memorandum of Understanding now agreed upon by both the owners and the players’ union, the madness is about to begin.
Several minutes ago, the Philadelphia Flyers released their 2013 schedule, and as had been reported, Opening Day will be 3 PM on Saturday, January 19 on NBC against the Pittsburgh Penguins on South Broad Street.
“I’m happy that we’re back to playing hockey,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “Our fans have waited a long time, and I want to thank them for staying with us. We can’t wait for the season to start.”
The remainder of the 48-game slate, with dates and times and television coverage is available on the team’s website. It, along with schedules which might have been leaked for the remaining 29 teams, was pretty much the worst-kept secret about the remainder of the whole process.
“We are eager to drop the puck and get this season underway,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “Our organization is very excited for our players, our coaches and, most particularly, our loyal and dedicated fans who continue to show their undying support and showed an incredible amount of patience during this process.”
Here’s a link to the NHL.com story for the official word that the 119-day lockout has concluded.
Teams will be allowed to make player movements, including signing free agents, as of midnight.