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NHL, players' union to talk for first time since May

Updated: July 21, 2004, 9:31 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Hoping to stave off the second lockout in 11 seasons, the NHL and the players' association will meet Wednesday to resume negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The current deal, extended twice since it was hammered out in 1995, expires Sept. 15. If a new agreement isn't reached by then, a lockout that could threaten the entire season is expected to be imposed.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has vowed on behalf of the owners to work out a deal with ...

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