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Playoffs could produce more than a Cup champ

Here they come. The Stanley Cup playoffs are just days away and they're going to be good.

Updated: April 5, 2004, 7:54 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

The dream scenario?

The upcoming playoffs get everyone so excited, from commissioner Gary Bettman and players association chieftain Bob Goodenow on down, on both sides of the bargaining table, that the pressure builds -- to get the collective bargaining issue settled.

That could involve scheduling a secret marathon meeting at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, meaning Bettman, Goodenow and their underlings could be secure in the knowledge that they wouldn't be recognized in an NHL city.

Or ...

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