NHL lockout 2012: Gary Bettman says full season not ‘going to be a reality’

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There is a major divide between the sides over how to deal with existing player contracts. The union wants to ensure that those are all paid in full without affecting future player contracts.

Bettman refused to say whether the 50-50 split in the NHL’s most recent offer would come off the table if a full season isn’t played.

“I’m not going to negotiate publicly,” he said.

This is the third lockout of Bettman’s tenure. The stoppage began on Sept. 16.

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