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Canadians will cope with cancellation

Updated: February 17, 2005, 4:31 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

Gary Bettman climbed up on his soapbox Wednesday at the swanky Westin Times Square hotel and finally delivered the eulogy for the hockey season that never was.

No hankies were required.

Americans, or at least the relatively small portion that cared to begin with, long ago tuned out of the murky morass of caps and triggers and taxes and linkage that passed for "negotiations" between the NHL and its players.

Why, only Monday night, while reading off the day's national newspaper ...

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