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On the verge of labor strife, the chief negotiators for the NHL and players union both agree the glass is half empty.

Updated: September 16, 2004, 7:14 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

It's less than one month until the expiration of the National Hockey League's Collective Bargaining Agreement and even the most optimistic optimists would tell you that things don't look so good.

Those involved in league and team business have been made aware of the contingencies associated with their employment should the lights go out in arenas. League executives say that a new agreement must have salaries tied to revenues. Representatives of the NHL Players Association, who question the ...

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