TORONTO (AP) - The NHL will most likely play a 48-game season after its new labor agreement is ratified.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Canadian Press on Monday it's looking ``more and more'' that 48 will be the maximum number of games. There had been some hope when the tentative deal was reached Sunday morning that a 50-game season might be possible.
The sides are working on a memorandum of understanding that will be put to a vote.
The league has circulated a memo to teams telling them to be ready to play by Jan. 19. That is the date the shortened season is most likely to start.
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