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Player Tweet Breaks CBA News; Canes GM Notes NHL's Fan Quandary

The news of the NHL and NHLPA coming to terms on a new CBA "was broken" by Bruins D Andrew Ference, who just after 5:00am ET today "tweeted a single character, a symbol -- a thumbs up" (, 1/6). Ference later this morning tweeted, "From my grandparents to our B’s fans, I am deeply sorry that we had to miss so much hockey. All we can do now is play our hearts out for you" (, 1/6).

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early today said, "We have a challenge, publicly, with our fans, who are such a huge part of our game. We know it has been a frustrating time for them. It has been a frustrating six months for our sport" (, 1/6).

A headline asks, "Will A Cool Reception Meet The NHL's Return To The Ice?" The GLOBE & MAIL's Jeff Blair writes under the header: "Best Way For NHL To Regain Fans’ Trust Is To Show Bettman And Daly The Door."'s Alicia Jessop Tweeted, "One key agreement made in the new NHL collective bargaining agreement: NHL players will be able to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics." TSN's Bob McKenzie: "No question target is 50-game, not 48-game, season. Speculation is it would be 5 games vs 4 division rivals and 3 games vs 10 Conf rivals." Grantland's Bill Simmons: "As a season ticket holder, I am not exactly shedding tears over paying for a condensed 48-game NHL season followed by playoffs."
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