The Carolina Hurricanes will finally get to begin their 2012-2013 National Hockey League season this upcoming Saturday, January 19, 2013, in Florida against Southeast Division rival the Florida Panthers and will play their first home game Monday, January 21, 2013 at the PNC Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The season's start date was pushed back due to the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expired last September, and the inability of the National Hockey League owners and NHL Players' Association to come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at an earlier date.
Although the work stoppage caused the NHL to miss a total of 625 regular-season games (50.8 percent of season), cancel the New Years' Day Winter Classic (featuring the Detroit Redwings and Toronto Maple Leafs) and the 2013 All-Star Game Weekend scheduled for January 25-26 in Columbus, Ohio, fans will get to see a shortened 48-game season similar to the shortened 1994-1995 season.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement is for 10 years and gives both sides the option to opt-out after eight years. Many of the "hot-button" issues including splitting Hockey-Related Revenues (HRR), limiting the years on players' contracts and pension plans for players are also addressed in the longest CBA in league history. All Hockey Related Revenues will be divided 50 percent to 50 percent between owners and players and players' can only be signed for a max of seven years (eight years if they are being resigned by the same team).
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