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Owners pull the plug on replacements

Updated: April 28, 2005, 2:49 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Put away those ECHL depth charts. Cancel that rush order on updated United Hockey League rosters.

The National Hockey League has seen the light and pulled the plug, at least temporarily, on the use of replacement players to start the 2005-06 season.

The implication -- or threat, if you will -- always has been that in the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement, team owners would start the season with whatever players they could convince to throw on a jersey and lace up their ...

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