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Did Gary Bettman just set NHL lockout date?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman took a hard line on CBA talks. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

As the NHL and NHLPA negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, commissioner Gary Bettman has thrown a time-frame to the mix.


“We reiterated to the union that the owners will not play another year under the current agreement,” Bettman told reporters following Thursday’s meetings.

This statement is significant regarding the agreement’s expiration — Sept. 15. The owners’ stance on not extending the current bargaining agreement means it’s essentially a lockout date.

Previously, NHLPA boss Donald Fehr stated Sept. 15 “is not a magic date unless someone wants to make it so.”

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