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The NHL canceled the entire 2004-05 season because of a lockout that eventually led to the collective bargaining agreement that expired this month.

By working on secondary agreements now, the sides are ahead of where they were back in 2005 when a deal was finally finished.

“All the stuff we’ve done the last three days were things we did after we had resolved the economic issues, and this one is not playing out that way,” Daly said. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.”