UNDATED (AP) - Many NHL players continue to filter back to North American from Europe to prepare for an abbreviated season. The league and players are frantically trying to get ready for camp this weekend after the two sides reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday morning. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press the league appears headed toward a 48-game season unless the union can expedite its ratification process. The league has circulated a memo to teams telling them to be ready to play by Jan. 19, the date the shortened season is expected to start. Some NHL players, including Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin went overseas during the lockout. Ovechkin played for his hometown Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League and was welcomed back to Washington by the Capitals when he arrived at a D.C.-area airport. Penguins star Sidney Crosby and nearly a dozen teammates worked out at a suburban Pittsburgh ice rink yesterday.