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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

NHL to Initiate Talks and Ready to Cancel Season

from the latimes (may req. reg.), The NHL is poised to issue a deadline of Monday or Tuesday for the players' association to agree to a labor deal and will initiate a final round of talks before it becomes the first major professional sports league to cancel an entire season.
With schedules of 28, 30 and 32 games in hand, NHL executives calculated that they must have a general agreement by Tuesday and start the season around Feb. 25. The league will set a "drop-dead" date and present a proposal either today or Thursday, sources said.