Following the nearly four-month lockout, the Wild opened training camp yesterday. The Wild will open the season on Saturday at home against Colorado. Head coach Mike Yeo (YOH) says he is relieved to be back on the ice coaching the team instead of watching players-organized workouts from afar. The NHL Players Association voted to ratify the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Saturday. The owners voted 30-to-0 last Wednesday to ratify the CBA, while 98-percent of players reportedly signed the measure.
The 48-game NHL season will begin on Saturday with the Minnesota Wild entertaining the Colorado Avalanche. In addition, the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings clash with the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles. Thirteen games will be played Saturday and six more on Sunday, and 26 of the 30 NHL teams are in action. Overall, 720 games will be played over a 99-day period with at least one contest on every day of the season. Team’s will play 18 games against division opponents and three games against 10 non-divisional foes. There will be no interconference play during the season. The regular-season ends April 27th with the playoffs starting three days later. The latest the Stanley Cup Finals will end is June 28th. The trade deadline is set for April 3rd and free agency begins July 5th.