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NHL "Lockout"

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From Daily Telegraph today: "The NHL has been closed down after commissioner Gary Bettman announced a "lockout" of players. Talks between NHL clubs and their players have continually broken down over a proposed salary cap. The NHL lost $224m ( £124m) last season. Players earn around $1.83m (£1m) per year and according to Bettman take around 75% of overall revenue. He wants this reduced to less than 50%. Some players have already made contingency plans by signing with european clubs. With no end in sight in the stand-off which could see the cancellation of the entire season" Anyone know if theres any truth in this? or is it just paper talk?

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NHL "Lockout" The lockouty will defo last at least 103 days. If no compromise is agreed at, then the whole season is in doubt. Even if they reach a decision, we will see another very strange season just like some years ago in the time of the previous lockout - good news, though, is at least Europe-born players will play in Euro pe and they can make the difference - like Jagr @ Kladno and Elias, Vokoun, Havlat and others elsewhere. Lecavalier (star of last season) even asked to play for Sparta Prague, but incredibly was declined (at least until Xmas)

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