Respect for game, fans, each other is key

There is one easy way to mitigate the negative effects of a work stoppage in the NHL.

Updated: October 8, 2003, 6:46 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

At least NHL and Players Association representatives are talking, beyond Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow's visits to the golf course -- which is not always a great forum for communication. ("You're away, Bob." "No, you are, Gary." "What? Bob, are you blind?" "What's it matter, Gary? You'll just make up the numbers on the scorecard, anyway!")

But the beginning of formal negotiations, while both overdue and a step forward, shouldn't fool anyone.

Before he was buried under one of the nets ...

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