NHL targets starting Jan. 19

Updated: January 8, 2013, 4:34 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The NHL is solely targeting Jan. 19 as a start date to a 48-game regular season, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

The league had also looked at playing 50 games with a Jan. 15 start date but is no longer considering that option, the source said, given the time constraints posed by the ratification process.

NHL training camps are tentatively slated to open Sunday, but again that depends on ratification.

Lawyers for both the NHL and NHL Players' Association were still working feverishly Tuesday at completing and agreeing on a CBA memo of understanding. There was hope it might be completed by the end of Tuesday night, sources said, although that wasn't for sure.

Once the memo is completed, the NHLPA will post it on its internal website for the 700-plus players to read and digest. The players' vote, done electronically, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The NHL's 30 owners will vote on the deal Wednesday here in New York City at the Board of Governors meeting, which is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

The NHL on Monday sent out a document detailing the elements of the tentative CBA agreement to all of its 30 clubs.

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