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Next season won't start without CBA

Updated: April 25, 2005, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- If the NHL season is to begin on time, it will happen with a new collective bargaining agreement in place -- not with replacement players.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that the season won't start in October if a new agreement hasn't been reached with the union, but left open the possibility that replacement players would be considered if no deal is struck.

The league continues to plan on having hockey in October, Bettman said.

"If we do not have a ...

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