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The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association on Sunday said they've reached a tentative deal on a collective bargaining agreement that would end the league lockout.
The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both sides, would last for 10 years.
The NHL did not announce when the abbreviated season would start or how many games each team would play. Each team was scheduled to play 82 games this season, but most experts expect a 48- to 50-game schedule this year.