The NHL's Board of Governors meets in New York City on Wednesday, and it's expected that they'll take a vote on whether or not to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement with their players. The vote is expected to pass overwhelmingly.
The players, meanwhile, are set to ratify the CBA later in the week, possibly on Thursday or Friday. The two sides then need to complete and sign a memorandum of understanding before training camps can officially open and "off-season" transactions such as free agency and trading can resume.
The Memorandum of Understanding between NHL and NHLPA is not expected to completed and signed off on by both sides until Saturday.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 9, 2013
If all goes according to plan on this timetable, training camps will officially open around the league on Sunday, Jan. 13. The season will then begin according to plan on Saturday, Jan. 19. Players are already gathering in their NHL cities and taking part in unofficial team-led practices despite the fact that the lockout is still technically in effect until the CBA is ratified.