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No deadline set for saving part of season

Updated: October 15, 2004, 1:01 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NHL has no plans to eliminate teams in the face of an extended labor dispute with the players' association.

"We are not considering contraction," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said at a news conference with Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. "We have not, we will not and we do not believe in contraction. With the right economic system, all 30 of our clubs can be healthy and competitive."

Bettman later joined Karmanos for a town hall-style meeting with ...

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