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NHLPA plan didn't include salary cap

Updated: September 9, 2004, 9:09 PM ET
Associated Press

The NHL and the players' association appeared headed toward a lockout when talks broke off Thursday after the union's first new proposal in nearly a year.

As promised, the NHLPA offered a system that didn't include the salary-cap structure it said the league is demanding. The proposal was emphatically rejected by owners during a four-hour session in Toronto.

That left Ted Saskin, the NHLPA's senior director, resigned to the fact that a lockout was likely to be imposed by owners ...

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