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Commish also wants labor concessions

Updated: February 12, 2004, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants to pair a new labor agreement with rules changes that would bring back offense to a league where defense has been emphasized increasingly for a decade.

The problem: Neither the league nor its players union knows when substantive negotiations will begin on a labor deal, much less when there will be a settlement.

Another problem: In a sport where even minor changes are fought by traditionalists and hard liners who prefer physical ...

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