The NHL lockout lasted 113 days, cost at least a third of the regular season and was another stain on the stewardship of Commissioner Gary Bettman.
But there will be a 2012-13 season, albeit one that could be as few as 48 games.
The league and the NHL Players Association agreed to the framework of a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement early Sunday morning. The players are expected to ratify the deal shortly.
FOXSports.com breaks down what's known about the new deal and who benefits.
Who were the winners in this lockout?
That's something that can't be determined immediately, evidenced by the previous lockout that cost the 2004-05 season. The owners appeared to have throttled the players -- who lost a whole season of paychecks and were forced to accept a salary cap -- at the time.
But the agreement that expired on Sept. 15 turned out to be a boon for the players.
The players wound up with 57 percent of league revenue for the 2011-12 season, far better than ...