Missing the entire season was never an option over the trivial issues that kept the NHL and their players apart for the last month, so the lockout finally ending early Sunday in New York wasn’t really a surprise.
It had to end this week to get a season together and missing an entire season wasn’t an option for either side so, if anything, this settlement was a shade early for two deadline workers like Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr.
Now the task of getting things on to paper starts and that will doubtless have a few hiccups and protests from both sides, followed by the process of getting things back to normal.
For the Vancouver Canucks, of course, it means a flurry of action right away, not the least of which is the likely move of Roberto Luongo to some team that wants him. The fact the final deal left next year’s salary cap at $64.5 million US...