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As NHL lockout continues, more eyes turn to AHL

Updated: November 16, 2012, 5:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Bare-chested and dripping with sweat after a brief morning skate, Syracuse Crunch left winger Cory Conacher stood at the edge of the rink and tested the feel of a new hockey stick.

"Are there illegal curves in this league," Conacher asked Friday with a devilish smile before retreating to the dressing room in the bowels of the Onondaga County War Memorial.

Indeed, the NHL lockout was an afterthought, at best, at that moment for Conacher, who is busy carving out a ...

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