NHL lockout is almost over! Players and the league have reached an tentative agreement to end the lockout and hopefully begin playing hockey this month!

. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr announced the deal yesterday. The new collective bargaining agreement still needs to be fine tuned but as of right now it looks like we'll have shortened regular season which will start in January and the regular playoff schedule.

At this point reports say both sides agreed on a 10-year CBA with a mutual option after eight years. The first year salary cap is $60 million, but teams may spend as much as $70.2 million in the transition period. They must spend at least $44 million.