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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, NHL hockey commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, in New York. The NHL locked out its players at midnight Saturday, becoming the third major sports league to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months. The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league held out for a salary cap. The deal which ended that dispute expired at midnight, and Commissioner Gary Bettman followed through on his longstanding pledge to lock out the players with no new agreement in place. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, NHL hockey commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, in New York. The NHL locked out its players at midnight Saturday, becoming the third major sports league to impose a work stoppage in the last 18 months. The action also marks the fourth shutdown for the NHL since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league held out for a salary cap. The deal which ended that dispute expired at midnight, and Commissioner Gary Bettman followed through on his longstanding pledge to lock out the players with no new agreement in place. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in New York. The current collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires Saturday at midnight. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman listens as he meets with reporters after a meeting with team owners, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in New York. The current collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players expires Saturday at midnight. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman leaves after speaking to reporters after NHL labor talks in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian, Chris Young)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman leaves after speaking to reporters after NHL labor talks in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian, Chris Young)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Associated Press)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, right, arrive for collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Negotiations continue between the league and the NHLPA to avoid a potential lockout. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, right, arrive for collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. Negotiations continue between the league and the NHLPA to avoid a potential lockout. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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Gary Bettman spoke about upcoming CBA negotiations and more before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. (Associated Press)

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In this photo taken April 19, 2011, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman poses at the offices of the National Hockey League in New York. Speaking after the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2011, during the All-Star weekend in Ottawa, Bettman remained hopeful a deal can be reached with one of three prospective buyers to keep the league-controlled Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman, right, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman shake hands after a news conference, Tuesday May 31, 2011, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, announcing that the Atlanta Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, David Lipnowski)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol address a news conference at the offices of the National Hockey League, in New York, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The NHL is staying on NBC and Versus for the next 10 years with a deal Bettman calls the most significant in league history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, right, talks with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during a news conference announcing the new ownership of the NHL hockey team in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before the NHL All Star Skills Hockey competition on Saturday, Jan., 29, 2011, in Raleigh, N.C. The NHL board of governors holds its All-Star game meeting, with franchise sales and hits to the head likely to be on the agenda. (AP Photo/Karl B. DeBlaker)

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Eric Francoeur and Carl Eric, members of a Quebec-based group named Nordique Nation rally outside the Nassau Coliseum before the NHL hockey game between the Atlanta Thrashers and the New York Islanders to send a message to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that they want a team of their own on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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Speaking to the press in Ottawa at All-Star weekend, Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman didn't have much to say about the new collective bargaining agreement, but did acknowledge talks haven't started yet. The current CBA is set to expire Sept. 15. (Associated Press)