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12-29-2012, 07:00 AM
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The NHL’s Canceler-in-Chief Gary Bettman, under pressure in the form of phone calls from big-market owners — including the Rangers’ James Dolan, multiple sources report — to resurrect bargaining the league abandoned three weeks ago, made modest adjustments to the previous offer regarding, most notably, contract term limits for free agents changing teams; salary variance within contracts; and amnesty buyouts.
A cap of $60 million next season would both put a squeeze on the approximately 250 players whose contracts are due to expire over the summer while minimizing their choices as unrestricted free agents.

The union is expected to propose a higher 2013-14 cap in the transition to 50/50, perhaps $65M, plus a cap on escrow losses.

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