The NHLPA has voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement, the players' association announced on Saturday afternoon.
The lockout, however, is still not officially over. As the NHLPA statement reminds us, the Memorandum of Understanding, "consistent with what the players voted on, must be completed before the agreement becomes final. The NHLPA and the NHL continue their work to finalize the MOU."
The player vote began on Thursday night and concluded at 7 a.m. (CT) today. Owners voted unanimously earlier this week to ratify the CBA.
So the wait continues for regular-season schedules, and even training-camp schedules, to be released. As reported earlier this week, the Chicago Blackhawks will open the regular season Jan. 19 in Los Angeles, facing the Stanley Cup-champion Kings at 2 p.m. (CT). The Blackhawks' first home game, a Jan. 22 tilt against the St. Louis Blues, has also been confirmed.