NASHVILLE - And on the 113th day of the lockout, they said let their be hockey.
They are NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr, who emerged early Sunday morning from a final 16-hour bargaining session in New York City to decree the lockout over and that league players and owners would soon ratify a new collective bargaining agreement just in the nick time to save the season.
And there was great rejoicing in the streets, especially on the ones near where Bridgestone Arena sits in downtown Nashville. Thats where the Nashville Predators will return to action soon, probably as early as Jan. 19 for a home game to open the season. It will begin an abbreviated season of 48 games that will include half as many home games.
Happy new year to us, said Rippys Smokin Bar & Grill manager Terry Weakley, whose business sits on the corner opposite the entrance to Bridgestone Arena. While there are concerts and other downtown Nashville events ...