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Players need time to shake out the kinks

Updated: November 16, 2005, 12:54 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

First Period -- The Players Are The Thing

The owners are the producers, providing the capital to invest, sustain and grow the game.

Fans are the investors and directors, providing the passionate fuel to lift the game to emotional heights and the cash flow to line the pockets for a lucky few.

Most media are the PR engine, providing information, perspective and access to augment the joy and pain of being a fan. The media also provide free advertising for NHL teams.

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