The NHL announced Wednesday afternoon that the Board of Governors has ratified the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NHL Players’ Association.

With the CBA ratified by the owners, players are now expected to vote electronically on Friday and Saturday, making the CBA official in time for training camps to open on Sunday.

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Nobody takes fitness more seriously than Zdeno Chara, so amidst expectations that players will be out of shape and generally sloppy when the season begins later this month, it's no surprise that the Bruins captain has something else in mind. 



 

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Maple Leafs have fired president and general manager Brian Burke and named Dave Nonis general manager. The Providence native was the general manager of the Ducks when they won the Stanley Cup in 2006-07 and was president/GM of the Leafs since 2008. He will reportedly remain with the organization as an advisor.

 

Speaking publicly for the first time since returning from the KHL on Tuesday and amidst speculation that KHL teams were making big financial pushes to keep NHL players from returning to their teams, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said Wednesday that he was no

According to agent Paul Krepelka, Bruins forward Nathan Horton will return to Boston “in the next few days” with the hope of potentially skating with his teammates prior to training camp.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Chris Johnson of the The Canadian Press Tuesday that training camps are expected to open on Sunday. 

The group of Bruins holding informal practices at Agganis Arena saw a couple of new additions Tuesday, as defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk returned to the United States after spending the lockout in Europe. 

In addition to Seidenberg and Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask practiced on Tuesday. They were joined by a group of local NHLers that included Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle. Tyler Seguin was absent, as he is in Toronto for the day.  

The lockout is over, so now what?

The league will begin a 48-game season -- on Jan. 19, in all likelihood, though there are still some reports floating around that the 15th could be in play -- in which teams only play in-conference opponents. Furthermore, the schedule will be far more condensed, meaning that fans often can expect four games a week. 



ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose joined Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the end of the NHL lockout, which he said should be been over a long time ago because the owners were going to come out on top either way.

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who admitted on Dennis & Callahan to helping "get rid of" former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, said after an informal skate Monday at Boston University that he doesn't believe Kelly could have gotten the players the deal that current NHLPA head Donald Fehr netted them this weekend. 

"No," Ference said, straight-faced. "We'd be playing, I'm sure. I'm sure we wouldn't have missed as much hockey and the league would have been salivating. That's the blunt answer."