Lots of work remains to get an NHL deal

Yes, we're closer to an end to the NHL lockout. But there's still a lot of work to be done.

Updated: June 9, 2005, 6:57 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

A deal that will see the National Hockey League and its players forge a long-term partnership is coming.

That much we know. And we can say, with relative certainty, that enough major obstacles have been overcome in recent days that such a deal is likely by the end of June, if not sooner.

But the spasm of excitement that followed a report that the financial structure for a new deal was in place with actual hard numbers illustrates the still-fragile, still-murky state of negotiations.

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