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Sides will have to ratify new CBA

Updated: July 13, 2005, 7:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Open the arenas, break out the skates and fire up the Zamboni.

The NHL is back.

After losing an entire season to a lockout, players and owners ended an all-night bargaining session Wednesday by reaching their goal: a tentative deal, which includes a salary cap, that virtually ensures hockey will return this fall.

The six-year pact still needs to be ratified by both sides. According to ESPN.com's Scott Burnside, the players' association has scheduled ...

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