Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 1/6/13

The NHL and the players' association have reached a tentative agreement Sunday morning as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr announced a framework for a new collective bargaining agreement. "Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper," Bettman said. "We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well. We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting. It's early in the morning and we have been at this all day and all night, obviously. But, we will be back to you very shortly, hopefully, later today with more information in that regard." The deal must still be drafted and approved by both the board of directors and NHLPA membership. From CBSSports.com: The length is going to be 10 years with an opt out after eight. Here are other details in the new deal: • Player contracts will be capped at seven seasons for free agents, eight years for players who re-sign with their teams; • The salary cap in the second year (2013-14) will be $64.3 million, while the salary floorwill be $44 million; • The year-to-year contract variance will be 35 percent, but the lowest season can't be more than 50 percent less than the highest season to avoid back-diving contracts; • Each team will be allowed two amnesty buyouts before the 2013-14 season, which will count against the players' sharel; • Revenue sharing will now include $200 million with a $60 million growth fund; • The draft lottery will change so that any team in the lottery can win the No. 1 overall pick, not be restricted in how far it can move up; • The appeals process for supplemental discipline will still go through Gary Bettman, but a neutral third party will weigh in on suspensions of six games or more; • There will be no more salary arbitration walkways on deals less than $3.5 million • Minimum salaries for NHL players will start at $525,000 and reach $750,000 by CBA's end Bettman did not have details on a potential schedule for this season.  ESPN says it could be either a 48 or 50-game season that will either start Jan. 15 or Jan. 19.

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