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CBA: Understanding the issues

The countdown is on. With the NHL's CBA set to expire in less than a year, here's what you need to know.

Updated: September 19, 2003, 2:17 PM ET
By Wayne Karl | Special to ESPN.com

The countdown is on.

Exactly one year from now, Sept. 15, 2004, the NHL's collective bargaining agreement with the NHL Players' Association expires.

What lies ahead on the CBA landscape? Inquiring minds among ESPN.com readers want to know. We asked for your questions, and here are some answers to help you understand the posturing, quibbling and negotiating to come.

Will there be a hard or soft salary cap? One of the key issues is the owners' pursuit, indeed, insistence, of a ...

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