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NHL gets one chance to do it right

The deep freeze is starting to thaw, but the NHL's most difficult work lies ahead.

Updated: July 7, 2005, 4:19 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The NHL lockout may have been painfully pointless, but in the end it remains the easy part of the journey.

Now, on the eve of a historic new accord that will bring an end to the longest labor stoppage in the history of pro sports, comes the hard part -- restoring a once-great game to its place in the sporting universe. More to the point now comes the challenge of trusting the owners and players that ran this historic game into the ground to revive it.

So much work to do, so little ...

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