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Commish states league's case in CBA clash

Updated: June 28, 2004, 10:29 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- So much rhetoric. So little negotiating.

The question facing the NHL, its players and, ultimately, its fans, is when -- or if -- the rhetoric morphs into action.

That process may have started Friday as commissioner Gary Bettman suggested there are "a hundred ways" to get to a system that includes 30 healthy NHL teams and "players making a great living."

"Is it a hard cap? Could be, there's nothing wrong with it. But it doesn't have to be," Bettman said during ...

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