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Green wrote on Twitter that this was the best day of his life. Carlson said in a text message, “I’m pretty freakin pumped up.”

A shortened season makes for a sense of urgency, forcing teams to get out of the gate fast to avoid falling behind. That sprint to the playoffs should start late next week.

For now, there’s a sense of relief that the NHL is back.

“I have no idea how they redid the schedule, remade it,” Brouwer said. “Right now, all I’m worried about is getting to Washington, having the deal signed and getting back on the ice and doing what we love.”