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Bettman sidesteps search for common ground

Updated: February 9, 2005, 10:47 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

So let's get this straight.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spends two months sitting on the league's front porch fiddling away while the 2004-05 season burns.

Then he gets up Wednesday morning and goes to Toronto, where he tells the players' association that, in the spirit of cooperation and consideration for all that is good about the game, the league is willing to give the players' Dec. 9 proposal a test run. Bring it on, Bettman says. Let's play hockey.

But (and you knew this ...

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