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Lockout planning requires creativity

Updated: September 15, 2004, 2:19 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- For a month, National Hockey League players competing in the World Cup of Hockey have, for the most part, been cloistered from the darkening clouds settling over the sport of hockey.

On the eve of a Canada-Finland final that will be followed abruptly by a lockout, which is expected to scuttle at the very least a half of the 2004-05 season, those players are slowly, reluctantly preparing to emerge from the comfortable cocoon of top-level competition.

"Today we're on a high. ...

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