NHL, officials agree to 4-year deal
TORONTO -- The NHL and the officials' union have reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement just days before the opening of hockey's regular season.
The deal struck Monday is a four-year agreement and is subject to ratification by members of the NHL Officials' Association and the league's board of governors. Both sides declined comment until the contract is ratified.
Referees and linesmen worked the entire NHL preseason schedule without a contract.
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