CBA 'talk' has only just begun

History says that talk between the NHL and the NHLPA will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Updated: September 17, 2003, 9:51 AM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

"Somebody once said the NHL is a vortex fueled by millionaires and run by idiots. There are important people who have been in place for eight or nine years and never did anything right, and they are still employed.''

-- Hockey player agent Rich Winter

Other than that, negotiations between the owners and players union ought to go just fine.

Yes, this is hockey's version of Baseball 1994, and while hockey had its own labor problem that year, it didn't come close to the frothy animosity ...

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