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Will fans and sponsors come back to the NHL?

National Hockey League owners and players finally figured a way to mix pain with their pleasure, the sides tentatively agreeing in the wee hours of Sunday morning to a new collective bargaining agreement in the 113th day of an arduous, often acrimonious lockout.

There has been no official determination, but Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada tweeted Sunday night that camps will not open before Saturday and the NHL will open a 48-game schedule on Jan. 19. For the Bruins, that could mean they open Jan. 19 in Montreal — but that’s only if the league picks up the schedule that was released last summer. If so, Boston’s first home game would be Jan. 21 vs. Toronto, a 1 p.m. matinee on Martin Luther King Day. All regular-season play is expected to have clubs playing only within their conferences.

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