As you know by now the NHL and the NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement, ending a long and drawn out labor dispute which nearly wiped away another season.
The season will either consist of 50 games and begin on January 15, or 48 games with a start date of January 19. It is also widely speculated that the truncated schedule will feature matchups only within the team's respective conference.
The main bullet point of the agreement is such that owners and players agreed to a 50-50 split of all hockey-related revenue. The owners and players also agreed to drop the salary cap to $64.3 million in 2013-14 from $70.2 million this season.
It remains to be seen if the NHL will continue with the momentum they were gaining before the lockout. NHL revenues have increased each year since the last lockout, which caused the loss of an entire season (2004-05).
From where I sit, I didn't sense the same hostility towards the NHL players from fans as I did during the recent NBA and NFL lockouts. After it was all said and done, those fans came back to support their teams.
If I had to bet, I'd say the fans are going to return and the NHL will continue to see solid attendance numbers from across the league -- except in Phoenix, of course.
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Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.