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Owners want hard cap; players want luxury tax

Updated: September 2, 2004, 6:52 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

One might imagine that the almost certain lockout of National Hockey League players at midnight on Sept. 15 will be a low point for everyone connected with the game, from the mostly forgotten fans on down the list.

But the lockout may well be just a starting point for cataclysmic upheaval that may best be likened to hockey's nuclear winter beginning with the unilateral imposition of a hard salary cap by owners followed by a swift strike by players and the possibility, indeed probability, ...

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