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Union says NHL didn't get consent for '08 Europe games

Updated: January 26, 2008, 11:18 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- The National Hockey League and the new head of the players' union have had their first public spat and it has jeopardized the league's plans to start the regular season in Europe again next season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday plans to open the 2008-09 regular season with four teams -- the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers -- playing two games each in Stockholm and Prague.

The league ...

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