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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier takes the ice for the team's first hockey practice since the end of the NHL labor lockout, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

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** FILE ** In this image from video, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, talks to the media as Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, stands next to him, in New York, early Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Johnston)

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aP via the canadian press In this image from video, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (left) talks to the media beside Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association early Sunday in New York.

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This photo combo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, left, talking to the media in Toronto, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, and at right is Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaking to the media, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The NHL and the players' association said they reached a tentative agreement early Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in New York, to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out the season. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is seen Sept. 25, 2012, in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL labor lockout. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is seen Sept. 25, 2012, in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL labor lockout. (Associated Press)

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FILE -In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, an empty locker room is shown during the NHL labor lockout at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, in Buffalo, N.Y. The NHL lockout that's already wiped out the first three months of the season is taking its toll on Buffalo businesses. And it's no different in many of the NHL's 29 other markets. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

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** FILE ** In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this file photo taken Sept. 17, 2012, the NHL logo is seen on a goal at a Nashville Predators practice rink in Nashville, Tenn. The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost. (Associated Press)

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Goalie Braden Holtby, a playoff hero for the Capitals this past spring, is keeping sharp during the NHL lockout by playing with Washington’s top farm team, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. (Associated Press)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman arrives for negotiations with the NHL Players' Association in Toronto Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The NHL Players' Association confirmed it will make a new offer during negotiations on Thursday. On Tuesday, the NHL proposed a 50-50 hockey-related revenue split and an 82-game regular season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

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Martin Brodeur called Roman Hamrlik's comments criticizing Donald Fehr and the NHLPA's course during the NHL lockout a "sign of weakness." (Associated Press)

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Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, leaves after meeting with the NHL, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, leaves after meeting with the NHL, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaks to the media following talks after meeting with the NHL, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaks to the media following talks after meeting with the NHL, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaks to the media following talks after meeting with the NHL, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in New York. The league and the players' association met Friday for the fourth straight day and fifth time in seven days, trying to reach an agreement to end the lockout. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

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Capitals coach Adam Oates (second from left) was able to oversee prospects at development camp, then came the NHL lockout. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals coach Adam Oates (second from left) was able to oversee prospects at development camp, then came the NHL lockout. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)