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Does labor war start at Chapter 11?

Will the teams' financial troubles help other owners achieve cost containment under a new CBA?

Updated: January 13, 2003, 10:45 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

In a week's time, the Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres have filed for bankruptcy protection. But while both teams could be rescued from financial insolvency under new ownership, it is unclear what role the teams' shaky economic state will play in labor negotiations between the NHL and the league's players union.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association expires in September 2004 and the primary battleground over a new agreement surely will ...

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