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NHL lockout over: Wild may start season on Jan. 19

Now that the league's labor strife is over, the Minnesota Wild can look ahead to their return to the ice, which is less than two weeks away.

Hannah Foslien

The Minnesota Wild don't know what their schedule looks like just yet, but like the rest of the teams in the league, they've been informed that a Jan. 19 start date is most likely. The league could get its 48-game regular season underway on Jan. 15, but that depends on how quickly the new agreement between the NHL and NHLPA is ratified.

The NHL also informed its franchises that training camp cannot open until Saturday at the earliest, and that could be postponed until next Monday. The NHL's Board of Governors meets in New York City on Wednesday to vote on the labor agreement, and the timeline may become more concrete after that.

The Wild could have their schedule in a few days, though no official release date has been announced by the NHL. The lockout cost every team in the league 34 regular season games.

Minnesota is coming off a 35-36-11 campaign in 2011-12.

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