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Times have changed for Canadian clubs

Updated: December 16, 2009, 11:26 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Gary Bettman smiled at the question.

A decade ago, the NHL commissioner would come to these board of governors meetings and get grilled about the survival of Canadian teams.

In case you forgot, it wasn't that long ago that Les Alexander flew into Edmonton on his private jet and offered to buy the Oilers and move them to Houston. That was right around the time the Ottawa Senators were in bankruptcy protection, the Montreal Canadiens were sold for ...

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