Nothing's set in stone yet about the NHL ending its lockout -- words like "tentative" and "fine-tuning" and "please, please let this work" are being tossed around a lot -- but it seems like the league and the NHLPA came to an agreement just in time to save at least a portion of this season. Hockey fans have to be feeling mixed emotions here. On the one hand: Sweet, hockey is coming back! On the other, this is the second lockout in a decade, and given the track record of everyone involved, there's no guarantee that some other issue won't cause another lockout somewhere down the line.

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Are you excited?

Fans who had to get their hockey fix by watching junior tournaments or overseas games now will be able to return to their normal routines.

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How excited are you about the upcoming return of the NHL?

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    29%
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    13%
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    12%
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    46%

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Are you less of a fan?

The NFL and NBA managed to retain most of their fandoms despite contentious labor disputes, but hockey fans may be wary of having yet another season interrupted.

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How has the NHL lockout affected your status as a hockey fan?

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    12%
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    36%
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    52%

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