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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NHL Bargaining Lull

NEW YORK () -- Managements fear there will be little hard bargaining between the NHL and the players' association before Wayne Gretzky's Scandinavian tour ends Dec. 12.

The owners believe union executive director Bob Goodenow is "going to let the owners stew for a couple of weeks,'' according to a source. That would put both sides up against the unofficial Dec. 15 deadline for salvaging the season.