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NHL finally readies to drop the puck

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The Staples Center may be filled with hockey fans again soon -- the NHL and the players union have reached a tentative agreement. Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images

Hockey fans rejoice! After a nearly four-month long lockout the National Hockey League and the Players' Association have reached a labor deal. At first glance, it seems the owners came out on top. However, if fans don't return, it could be a lose-lose deal.

We'll find out quickly because the players are facing a compressed season. Teams have to go from a dead halt to break-neck speed this 2013 season. As the Stanley Cup holders, the Los Angeles Kings have the highest expectations, but may have the easiest time winning back fans.

Will you be eager for a return to center ice? Or has hockey lost your attention for good? What is in the new collective bargaining agreement and was it worth the wait? Are the Kings ready to defend the title?


Bob Miller, television play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles King, NHL team

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL writer for Yahoo! Sports

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