Bar and restaurant owners near the United Center are thrilled for the NHL season to return, as that means a big boom in business they had been missing during the duration of the lockout.
The Blackhawks will be returning to the ice as the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to a tentative deal to end the lockout. But not all fans are jumping for joy.
A shorter training camp doesn't phase current and former Blackhawks as they prepare for the shorted NHL season to begin.
The NHL and NHLPA agreed to a tentative deal to end the lockout in the wee hours Sunday. CSNChicago.com will have more throughout the day.
While there seems to be some optimism coming out of today's mediated sessions between the NHL and NHLPA, don't get too excited just yet.
The NHL lockout continued Friday and while the two sides were expected to meet and talk, the only talking was done with a mediator instead of each other.
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers likens the NHL lockout negotiations to the Theatre of the Absurd. The only problem is, the lockout has gone on for so long, she's not even sure what Act we're in anymore.
The NHLPA appeared to be making some progress in choosing not to exercise its "disclaimer of interest", but now that has been put back on the table just a day later.
The NHL and NHLPA met Wednesday night and had lengthy talks moving closer to a few "things." The two sided will meet again in the morning.
The NHL and NHLPA are in a game of proposal tag, going back-and-forth with offers and negotiations. And the hope is that the two sides can meet tonight.