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The third approach would be a 50-50 split, as long as the league honored all existing contracts at full value.

None of it made any positive impression on the NHL.

“This is not a good day,” Fehr said Thursday. “It should have been.”

This is nothing new in the world of hockey. A lockout eight years ago caused the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season, marking the only time a North American sports league lost a full year to a labor dispute.