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NHL's future clouded by conflict

Updated: May 25, 2004, 9:35 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Give the commissioner of the National Hockey League credit for this: He will not rain on his soon-to-be-completed Stanley Cup parade.

But beware. The gathering storm that has long been forecast is about to break.

"We can't live any longer on the current terms," Gary Bettman said when asked whether training camps would open after the World Cup of Hockey, which concludes Sept. 14.

Bettman stopped short of saying "lockout," but only because he didn't want the word ...

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