BRIDGEPORT -- Nature called Travis Hamonic, woke him up at about 8 a.m. Sunday. That's when he found out a few people had been trying to call, too.
Elsewhere, Nino Niederreiter was sleeping on his day off. His phone started ringing, and he let it. He finally took a look and saw that New York Islanders captain Mark Streit was trying to get in touch.
While they and most of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers slept early Sunday, the NHL and its players reached a tentative agreement about 5 a.m. to end the lockout that wiped out three months of the season.
"Like everybody else, I'm happy," Hamonic said. "I'm excited as a fan. I don't know how many hockey games I watch during the season on my off days, relaxing."
For the moment Monday it was business as usual at the Wonderland of Ice: same line combinations, same defense pairs, same goalies.
That could change as early as Tuesday's home game against Hershey if the Islanders decide to rest any of the players they plan to call up. Edmonton did that Sunday with its top prospects in Oklahoma City; most other AHL teams tinkered only a little with their lineups.
Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin said they hadn't had that conversation as of Monday morning, though he expected to discuss it later in the day.
"It's exciting to have the NHL back," Pellerin said. "We still haven't heard a lot of information regarding how things are going to work."
The deal's language still needs to be firmed up, teams and players have to ratify it, and a schedule must be set.
Hamonic -- who skated Monday for the first time since a Dec. 2 concussion and said he felt good afterward -- and Niederreiter should then be among a half-dozen or more players getting a call to training camp from the Islanders, with whom they played last year.
Hamonic had established himself in the NHL, while Niederreiter endured an injury-plagued year that never got on track.
He came down this season and has a point per game to lead the Sound Tigers in scoring.
"This (AHL stint) is the best thing that could have happened," Niederreiter said. "I got a chance to build up some confidence and play some minutes."
Bridgeport will have to fill in the gaps in its lineups with other players, though it has given four players a recent look on pro tryouts.
"That's kind of the point of playing, of carrying some extra bodies," Pellerin said. "I've been happy with their work ethic, their attitude."
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