NHL Lockout Ends, Blue Jackets Announce Season

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The NHL's four-month lockout finally ended Saturday night following another tough negotiation that nearly delayed training camps even longer.
The league and the players' association completed a required memorandum of understanding that had to be signed before camps were cleared to open. That will happen on Sunday with a 48-game regular season to begin on Jan. 19.
The NHL also was set to release the long-awaited schedule, minus the 510 games that were lost to the lockout.

Officials with The Columbus Blue Jackets announced the 2012-2013 schedule Saturday evening. The first game of the season will take place Jan. 19 against the Nashville Predators.

Date              Day        Opponent                                                    Time
Jan. 19          Sat.        at Nashville Predators                           8:00 pm
Jan. 21          Mon.     DETROIT RED WINGS                              7:30 pm
Jan. 23          Wed.     at Phoenix Coyotes                               10:00 pm
Jan. 24          Thu.       at Colorado Avalanche                          9:00 pm
Jan. 26          Sat.        CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS                        7:00 pm
Jan. 28          Mon.     DALLAS STARS                                        7:00 pm
Jan. 29          Tue.       at Minnesota Wild                                 8:00 pm
Jan. 31          Thu.       ST. LOUIS BLUES                                   7:00 pm
Feb. 2            Sat.        DETROIT RED WINGS                            7:00 pm
Feb. 5            Tue.       LOS ANGELES KINGS                             7:00 pm
Feb. 7            Thu.       CALGARY FLAMES                                  7:00 pm
Feb. 10         Sun.       EDMONTON OILERS                               6:00 pm
Feb. 11         Mon.     SAN JOSE SHARKS                                   7:00 pm
Feb. 15         Fri.         at Los Angeles Kings                             10:30 pm
Feb. 16         Sat.        at Phoenix Coyotes                               8:00 pm
Feb. 18         Mon.     at Anaheim Ducks                                   10:00 pm
Feb. 21         Thu.       at Detroit Red Wings                             7:30 pm
Feb. 23         Sat.        at St. Louis Blues                                  8:00 pm
Feb. 24         Sun.       at Chicago Blackhawks                         7:00 pm
Feb. 26         Tue.       DALLAS STARS                                       7:00 pm
Mar. 1           Fri.         at Chicago Blackhawks                         8:30 pm
Mar. 3           Sun.       COLORADO AVALANCHE                       3:00 pm
Mar. 5           Tue.       EDMONTON OILERS                              7:00 pm
Mar. 7           Thu.       VANCOUVER CANUCKS                         7:00 pm
Mar. 9           Sat.        DETROIT RED WINGS                           2:00 pm
Mar. 10         Sun.       at Detroit Red Wings                           5:00 pm
Mar. 12         Tue.       VANCOUVER CANUCKS                         7:00 pm
Mar. 14         Thu.       CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS                       7:00 pm
Mar. 16         Sat.        PHOENIX COYOTES                              7:00 pm
Mar. 19         Tue.       NASHVILLE PREDATORS                        7:00 pm
Mar. 22         Fri.         CALGARY FLAMES                                  7:00 pm
Mar. 23         Sat.        at Nashville Predators                          8:00 pm
Mar. 26         Tue.       at Vancouver Canucks                          10:00 pm                
Mar. 28         Thu.       at Edmonton Oilers                               9:30 pm
Mar. 29         Fri.         at Calgary Flames                                 9:00 pm
Mar. 31         Sun.       ANAHEIM DUCKS                                   6:00 pm
Apr. 4            Thu.       at Nashville Predators                          8:00 pm
Apr. 5            Fri.         at St. Louis Blues                                  8:00 pm
Apr. 7            Sun.       MINNESOTA WILD                                 6:00 pm
Apr. 9            Tue.       SAN JOSE SHARKS                                 7:00 pm
Apr. 12          Fri.         ST. LOUIS BLUES                                   7:00 pm
Apr. 13          Sat.        at Minnesota Wild                                 8:00 pm
Apr. 15          Mon.     at Colorado Avalanche                           9:00 pm
Apr. 17          Wed.     at Anaheim Ducks                                  10:00 pm
Apr. 18          Thu.       at Los Angeles Kings                             10:30 pm
Apr. 21          Sun.       at San Jose Sharks                                8:00 pm
Apr. 25          Thu.       at Dallas Stars                                       8:30 pm
Apr. 27          Sat.        NASHVILLE PREDATORS                         7:00 pm

It took all week and much longer than expected on Saturday for the memorandum to be completed. The announcement that it was finished came several hours after the union easily ratified the tentative deal reached last Sunday.
The more than 700 union members had a 36-hour window from Thursday night until Saturday morning to vote electronically. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the deal on Wednesday.

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