Among the happiest to see hockey back are downtown restaurant and bar owners who say business was way off without the Wings.
Jimmy Howard isn’t sure what to expect when the NHL season begins this weekend.
Ilitch signed off with “Thank you for being a part of our team. We look forward to delivering another memorable season of Red Wings hockey.”
The NHL and the players’ association reached a tentative agreement to end a nearly four-month-old lockout.
About 12 hours after discussions ended, a federal mediator is back at work in the middle of NHL labor talks that hit a snag earlier this week.
The sides met in small groups throughout the day Wednesday and then held a full-scale bargaining session with a federal mediator at night that lasted nearly five hours and didn’t wrap up until about 1 a.m. Thursday.
The NHL says it has made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.
The NHL and NHLPA were back in contact on Saturday, at least reopening the conversation that had been silent for almost a week.
If the executive board files the disclaimer, the union will dissolve and become a trade association.
With no deal in sight and no negotiations planned, the NHL chopped another two weeks off the schedule and moved closer to canceling the entire hockey season.