Burning questions for owners, players

Updated: August 16, 2004, 4:19 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Observing the NHL and its players try to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement is a little like watching a house burn down while firefighters argue about how the fire got started.

The water's there.

The hoses are there.

But still the building burns.

The torturous effort to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement continues Tuesday as the two sides meet for the third time in less than a month to try and avert a lockout when the current CBA ends Sept. 15.

It's ...

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