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Your Thoughts? NHL Lockout to End

While the agreement still needs to be finalized and voted on, the NHL announced there is at least a verbal agreement that could end the lockout.

Sports were the hot topic at a Plymouth coffee shop this morning. With the Vikings now out of the playoffs, all eyes have turned to hockey.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr announced a verbal agreement has been reached that should end the lockout. According to twitter, some of the Wild players already hit the ice today to start preparing for the rest of the season.

ESPN has all the details on the agreement. Hockey could start as soon as January 15, with about 50 games left to play in the season.

The announcement had people talking at Caribou.

"Well, I guess it's good timing. If I can't watch the Vikings anymore, at least I can route for the Wild," Plymouth native and self-proclaimed sports enthusiast Bill Root said.

"I'm glad to hear the whole season isn't lost," Brady Thompson said. The Maple Grove resident says he usually goes to a few Wild games each year, but figured he wouldn't get the chance this year.

"It's about time they all stopped squabbling over money and just played the game already," he said.

How do you feel about the return of the NHL? Excited? Disappointed it took so long? Tell us in the comment section below.

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