It's all up to Gary and Bob

With Thursday's meeting the last best hope to save hockey this season, the NHL appears to be making it easy for the players' association to turn them down.

Updated: February 2, 2005, 11:07 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Want a clear understanding of just how bleak are the prospects of a resolution to the NHL lockout? It's now up to Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow to save the day.

For most of the last month the respective leaders of the two sides in the longest labor dispute in NHL history were frozen out of the process because it was believed things might go more smoothly with the two acerbic personalities safely tucked away in their offices. Now, after the NHLPA quickly rejected the latest, perhaps last, ...

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