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NHL Lockout A Possibility As Collective Bargaining Agreement To Expire In September

Arthur Staple reports on the latest from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman regarding the possibility of a lockout:

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Bettman: "We reiterated to the union that the owners will not play another year under the current agreement." PA told same for past year.

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There's still time left to reach an agreement, but it appears that if one isn't in place by September 15, players for the Penguins and around the rest of the NHL could be locked out. (Bettman says that the league and the players would have to be "close" to a deal by that point in order to avoid a lockout.)

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The players are expected to make a counterproposal for a new labor deal on Tuesday. They are willing to play this year under the current CBA, but teams aren't interested in that -- they're currently unhappy with the amount of league revenue the players are getting.

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Via Travis Hughes.

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For more on the NHL's labor situation, check out SBNation.com's StoryStream on the topic.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.