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If owners insist on cap, season will be lost

There is every possibility Gary Bettman will disregard the innovative elements of the players' proposal and insist on a salary cap -- and the season will be lost.

Updated: December 10, 2004, 2:19 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- The spotlight now shines on Gary Bettman.

In the wake of a stunning proposal by the National Hockey League Players' Association that included a massive 24 percent cut to existing salaries and changes to other elements of the previous collective bargaining agreement that the union claims represent $1 billion in savings, it falls to the commissioner of the National Hockey League to take the next step and forge an agreement that will save the NHL season.

But be forewarned, ...

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