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Bettman willing to wait for proper deal with union

Updated: January 14, 2003, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Comissioner Gary Bettman sounded like a man ready for a long, drawn-out war Thursday as he discussed the looming labor negotiations in 2004 with the NHL Players' Association.

Unlike major league baseball, which avoided a work stoppage with a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL is ready to suffer until it gets what it wants.

"If the choice is short-term pain versus bleeding to death over time, then we're going to take the short-term pain because we have to ...

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