COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A dozen or so Columbus Blue Jackets players went through a light workout on Monday, their first unofficial meeting since the NHL and the players' union reached a tentative agreement a day earlier after a lengthy lockout.
All said they were pleased just to get back to work.
"It's just great to see all the boys back in Columbus here and skating together," defenseman James Wisniewski said of the skatearound at the public rink adjoining Nationwide Arena, where the Blue Jackets play their games.
Somebody had to pay the rental fee to reserve the ice time, although no one was quite sure who did it.
Forward R.J. Umberger, who spent his idle time as a volunteer coach with his former college team at Ohio State, helped organize things. Goalie Steve Mason, Wisniewski and forwards Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Derek MacKenzie, Jared Boll and Tomas Kubalik worked up a sweat along with team newcomers Nick Foligno, a left wing, and Adrian Aucoin, a defenseman.