Jan 03

NHL’s Jan. 19 opening day would feature huge slate of rivalry games: Report

While we’ve all been burned before while oozing optimism about the NHL’s collective bargaining negotiations, there are plenty of signs that we’re in the finale stages of a resolution to the lockout.

NHL off-ice officials are on standby, ready for the season to abruptly begin.

Training camps for NHL teams are ready to open by the end of next week according to Chris Botta, in preparation for a Jan. 19 start to a 48-game season.

Oh, and what a start it’ll be, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.