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Labor talks to resume next week

Updated: August 10, 2012, 3:17 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Despite Thursday's proclamation from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that the league intends to impose a lockout if a new deal cannot be reached by Sept. 15, both sides expressed optimism Friday that a work stoppage can be avoided.

"I think it's absolutely possible to get something done with no time missed," said Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey, who spoke on behalf of the NHL Players' Association after a fourth consecutive day of negotiations.

Although the league's ...

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